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Organ of Seventeen Conferences in the United States and Canada. 

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™ THURSDAY? JANUARY ,. .90 8- Vol. XLV. No. 


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blessing. Christmas dances. Christmas rallies. 
Christmas balls, concerts and the like, how m 
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Old Bibles.— A few weeks ago at a sale of old 
books the Bible belonging to John Milton, the 
author of "Paradise Host." was sold for *l,J2o.OO 
It is supposed that this Bible belonged to bis 
wife before she was married, as her maiden name, 
Elizabeth Minshul, is found written on one ot 
the blank leaves of the book. It was printed in 
1958, We have in our private antiquarian library 
a Bible printed in Basel, Switzerland, in 1582 
Another of the books we prize very highly is a 


Bible printed in Tuebingen, Germany. 137 years 
ago, which really is ihe Bible and a commentary 
combined, weighing twenty-five pounds, and is a 
beautiful specimen of the bookmaking art of that 
period. 

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In the Mennonite Publishing Co. plant it was 

a i„,sy time for Ihe last two weeks, and especially 
f„r the last week before Christmas. The clerks 
in the office and store, the workers in all the 
different departments were crowded to their ut- 
most strength from morning until late in the 
evening During a part of the lime the presses 
were working day and night; the shipping de- 
partment was especially active. Books, station- 
ery. different kinds of Christmas goods, lesson 
helps, almanacs, besides the mailing of the regu- 
lar issues of our periodicals, made the place the 
scene of unusual activity We are very thankful 
to all our friends for the generous patronage they 
have accorded us. and we are thankful to God 
lor his mercy He is good and his mercy en 
dureth forever. 

* 

Several exchanges have recently discussed the 
founding of the pres, nt great Sunday school 
work. Of course. Robert Raikes always comes 
up prominently in the discussion. However, so 
far as our Mennonite people are concerned. Push. 
Isaac Peters has set all questions of the mere 
matter of priority aside by showing very plainly 
in his article in the Herald a few weeks am that 
Sunday schools formed a vital part of the church 
work of our forefathers centuries before Robert 
Raikes was born Indeed, when we recollect that 
some of the persecuted Anabaptist Flemish cloth 
weavers were invited by King Henry X III in the 
sixteenth century to come over to England and 
set up their looms ami enjoy liberty of worship 
it is no great stretch of imagination to accept 
the belief that these quiet people who founded 
tin' great cotton weaving industries of England 
as well as being the source from which sprung 
the great Baptist church should have continued 
this part of tiieir religious work in their m-w 
home in their quiet way and tints furnishing tin 
Phut which Raikes carried out and populari •- 1 
The real founders who furnished others Hi" idea 
or the inspiration may have be, n lost sight "t 
just as the pious Miabuptist John Staupit" wlv 
was Luther's early teacher and guide in his m " 
life, has been almost forgotten or lost sight of 
in the greater glare of the popular Reformation 
,,f which Luther was the acknowledged head 
Even the fact that some few of our people are not 
in favor of Sunday schools to-day on the rather 
questionable plea that our forefathers did m t 
have them does not necessarilv sfttle the matt.” 
prove that Sunday schools were not a common 
thing among our earlier forefathers. Moreover 
history shows that other customs, practices and 
even principles or beliefs have changed it, t 
social financial, political and even religions 
world. Oil" century repudiates what another 
cherishes. One generation calls old fashioned ami 
obsolete what another has found of great prac- 
tical value But God's word remains the same 
the world continues to require the same salvation 
and has the same need of religious instruction 
and if one century for one reason or other nog 
1,-cts any part of it, the following century is mi 
wise indeed if it continues to neglect the sane- 
line of work simply because "our forefathers did 


not do so and so. Tin 1 Bible and the worlds 
, ds are a stronger plea to us titan any customs 
of ,\en our forefathers. 

PERSONAL MENTION. 

Bish. Chr. Krehbiel of Halstead, Kan., was at 
Burrton. Kan . on Sunday. Dec. 15, where It" 
officiated at the funeral of John Hick, Sr. 

Pre. David Garber of La Junta. Colo., held serv- 
ices in the Nappanec Mennonite meeting-house 
,,n Thursday and Friday evenings of last week. 

Bro. Abm. Metzler, superintendent of the Or- 
phans' Home at West Liberty. Ohio, was in Nap- 
pauee last work, looking after some orphan chil- 
dren 

Bro. A. D. Wenger closed his meetings at 
Kin/.ers. Lancaster Co., Fa., on Dec. 15. There 
Were tight confessions. The Jxird make them 
shining lights in his kingdom. 

The friends and correspondents of Bro. Aldus 
Braekbill. who recently moved with his wife and 
mhi Maurice from Lancaster City, Ha . to Kent 
Co Mich., will kindly address him or any of his 
lamilj at Alto, Mich, care Ipf C. Hoffman. 

Bro. M. B. Fast. edilnE rtf- the Mennonitische 
Rundschau, completed his fourth year 'ill Elkhart 
u- ,-ditor of our German papers on Dec. 24, H.iuT. 
and tin Lord lias idessod his work. May God’s 
1 ,'„ ssing continue to rest upon him and his work. 

Bro. Moses Betzner atld wife of Berlin, Out., 
i - a u " ■ to Elkhart on in c. 22 and spent Christmas 
with tln-ir friends at this place. For most of the 
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For the Herald of Truth. 

A HAPPY NEW YEAR. 

By Margaret Scott Hall. 

Fur *(»'!tur and old. for grave and gay. 

Karit in l.ir own ap|H'inieil way; 

For al! whose liv. s are free from ran*. 

And tti* • who grievous burdens hoar; 

For thus.' wlio neither toil nor spin. 

\n>] thoM* who lose and thoso who win. 

Wo wish a happy Now ) >*ar. 

For those who suffer drier and pain. 

Whose labor -•oil's to them in vain: 

For those who daily dive command 
And hoard the radios of the land; 

For every one tin- world around 
Where Christian faith and love are found. 

Wo wish a happy Now Year 

May faith and hope and charity 
The motto of this lo w year be. 

That future years with us may find 
Sweet brotherhood among mankind; 

For saint and -inner, friend and foe. 

As far as kindliness may do. 

Wo wish a happy New 1 ear. 

Kirkwood. G.t 

F *r the Hi I aid of Truth 

RETROSPECT. 

By O. S Moyer. 

1 hat' read in a pa|x r of n cent date about 
rsops bavins: s'di,' thins r* stittt! on their minds 
wi nd, they t.. 1 t !••••> ! - ! 1 r to do ami being con 

1 i t , 1 1 a If > tempti d not to •!" it It lieoomes to them, 
if they are -iron- . .f liv sn^ a correct life, a 
source of n.ui-h aiivo ty and troulde. and as we 
are oft. n prom 1,. wamh r out into the paths of 

,-jn ami worhium - w. how needful it is to 

loep 1 I,,.-, to lo- m lin d fallow strictly the teach 

j„ us ,,| hi- ord It is ott. 1 Ifni for us to 

.1,1,1 our - 1 A* - a • :» ak- a decided effort, to 

overt on., al ti.at 1.- .ml and eontrary to the will 
1, 1 i;,.,] 'i- i ;e ii a talent and ability 

,,, ll>( ,|„ ta'. m ai : w -in 111 id lie willing to 
u..rh will ' • tail M w. have He glory of C.od 
an, | the 1 1 1 1 • aiding i I id- I' nudum 

1 »ii! 1 1 . r • try and pr. s, lit what lias been rest 
, ..lie! l.. t 11- look hark and consider 
|,ow \v ■ I at' I-. 1 (vim ami li< w m arly we have 
.one up to . ir prof. s>i>m or our eonfi'ssion 
•| , p-ati.e 1 any and w. nrr h*d hy thi'in 

s, ...... . i» ing- w lileii ai" not at all in eon 

lornim. with . • : r e- nf. of faith and not in 


Pari. a v inli in* o a- hiim’s *u Cfirist We are 


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n , •! i t i * s am] tie. vain amusements that are 
, j, m. 1 in 1 . man' Also the greed after 

a , 1 1 tr< a 'm- We an eotmnanded to lay 
... f .... o,--. Am- ma-uns in heaven, where moth 
, ; . j r ,mt .ai not (•••rrupi and wliere thieves do 
,4 p r , ak through imr steal. "For where your 
M . ,, i r , mar, will your heart lie also." We 
.,,, .lino I in old-fed hy the apostle, "not to liv- 
oursd'is Imt f,,r him who died for us" 
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IIKK^YHI) OK TRUTH, 

shall break one of these least commandments, 
and shall teach men so, lie shall be called least 
in the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5; 19). 

Tie Psalmist says, "Once I was young and now 
1 am old. yet have 1 never seen the righteous 
forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.’ This is 
a beautiful declaration of God’s loving care over 
his people, and no doubt every faithful child of 
Cod can hear testimony to the faithfulness of 
Cod in all his promises. 

The apostle Paul tells us in his epistle to the 
Ephesians, "Wherefore lie saith, Awake thou that 
s let 1 pesf , and arise from the dead, and Christ 
-.hall gi'c thee light. See, then, that ye walk 
circumspectly, not as fools, hut as wist*, redeem- 
ing the time, because the days are evil" (Eph. 
r.ii 1 1 ; 1 . 

1 hope that at least some of the readers of. 
this article may see the need of giving heed to 
all these admonitions, and will, with sincere 
Imarts. consecrate themselves to God with a 
warmer devotion than ever. This is of special 
importance at lln* present time, as we are again 
drawing to the close of the year. Therefore let 
us give the more earnest heed to these things, 
h si at any time we let them slip. "Therefore if 
any man he in Christ, he is a new creature; old 
things have passed away; behold, all things are 
heeome new” (2 Cor. a: 17). 

This is my desire that all may review their 
taitli and their promises to God. Christ said to 
Nicodeiiius. "Marvel not that I said unto you. 
Yu must he horn again.” 

Souderton, Pa. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER? 

By C. R. Frisbey. 

Ami the Lord said unto Cain. Where is Abel, 
thy brother? And lie said, I know not; Am 1 
mv brother's keeper? And lie said, What hast 
thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood 
rriuth to me front the ground.” 

The same question asked Cain by Jehovah on 
the day the first blood was shed hy a murderer, 
which comes down to us through the long vista 
of years, may he asked of all men. Where is 
thy brother?" 

Jehovah, in language too plain to tie miscon- 
strued hy that guilty soul, told Cain that he was 
responsible tor his brothers death, and that his 
Iduod would bo required at. his hands. Thus Cain 
km*" that the life of his brother was in his keep- 
ing mid that for his death he would be hold 
responsible to God. and his remorse, shame and 
guilt sought relief from the awful curse that 
awaited him. hy asking, “Atit 1 my brothel s 
keeper?” 

while the cry of Abel's blood went up to God 
lor redress, (lain could sec the blood of a brother, 
shed hy his own hand, staining the ground and 
hear his pitiful cry for help. 

Am 1 my brother’s keeper?" Am I responsible 
for my brother's sins? if I see my brother stand- 
ing in the path of the tornado or the flood rushing 
down upon hint and I cry not vehemently for him 
to make all haste and flee front the danger be- 
fore him. then I am guilty for not trying to succor 
him from harm. If 1 . who may be strong, lead 
a weak brother astray by evil habits and cause 
him to sin. then I am his keeper and God will 
hold me responsible for his deeds. If T hold the 
intoxicating cup to my brother’s lips, use pro- 
fane language in his hearing, or by my actions 
cause him to stumble by the way, will not 1 he 
required to give an account of my stewardship 
at the liar of God? 

Every man, woman or child has an influence 
j„ this world, and that influence goes out from 
ns for good or evil. Like begets like and the 
young man who uses profane language before his 
associates paves the way to make them kindred 
spirits in crime, and he is his companions’ keeper. 
The young woman who only thinks of adorn- 


ing her body with fine raiment and fails to walk 
humbly before God, is in danger of sowing the 
seed of vanity, Impure thoughts and vain con- 
versation among the young, and thereby cause 
them to wander off into paths of folly and pride, 
in this she will be held responsible to a certain 
extent for the keeping of those wayward souls. 

Jehovah, by the mouth of the prophet Ezekiel, 
says, “Son of man, I have made thee a watch- 
man unto the house of Israel: therefore hear 
the word at my mouth, and give them warning 
from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou 
shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warn- 
ing, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his 
wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked 
man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will 
I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the 
wicked and he turn not from his wickedness, nor 
from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, 
hut thou hast delivered thy soul.” 

God’s care over his people is the same yester- 
day, to-day and forever. If he set watchmen over 
the house of Israel and bid them warn the wicked 
to forsake their wickedness, then surely he has 
made us all watchmen over the well-being of our 
fellow-men. 

The command is, "Go, work in my vineyard.” 
Work means activity in any field of labor the 
Master may have for us. Warn the sinner, plead 
earnestly with the careless, and devoutly pray 
for those who are still away from our heavenly 
Father. If we could only feel as we should feel, 
that we are the keepers of those around us and 
so watch over the souls that travel in the way 
that leads to death, and he ready at all times to 
point them to the better way — the way of the 
cross — then we may he faithful watchmen on 
lie walls of Zion and the blood of souls will not 
cry out to God against us. 

My brother, if you never have felt a responsi- 
bility for those who are out of Christ’s fold, then 
arouse from thy slumber, for surely thou art 
sleeping away precious time. Go to God and say. 
Here is thy servant, Lord; give me light. Sisters, 
look well to the lives of the little ones and keep 
them pure, guide their feet into the narrow way. 
Then we will never, like Cain, ask. “Am 1 my 
brother's keeper?” 

Lagrange. Ind. 

For the Herald of Truth 

PREPARE YE FOR THE JUDGMENT. 

By M. S. N. 

"If thou warn the wicked of his way to turn 
from it * * * * thou hast delivered thy soul” 
(E'/ok. 33:9). 

With this thought in mind, there is a burden 
upon ns for lost souls and our responsibility to 
them. "Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of 
decision” (Joel 3:14). But to-day how few are 
deciding for Christ and righteousness! How few 
are making up their minds that to go with Jesus 
in tin* way of truth and humility while here in 
this world and end in glory in the world beyond 
is better than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for 
a season and end in eternal gloom and darkness! 

“Conte out from among them and be ye sep- 
arate." Out, from the godless masses of the 
world, if you would be found safe in the day of 
the coming of the ToOfrd! Out front the multitude 
of sinning Christians, all ye who would live godly 
in Christ Jesus! Out from the vain, selfish, 
proud, money-mad, pleasure-infatuated crowds, 
who are thinking only of the things of time and 
sense, forgetting and neglecting altogether the 
tilings of God and eternity which will be so soon 
upon us! If we wish to he children of God we 
have need to think of all these things as living 
realities. 

All down the centuries the cry has been, by 
prophets and others whom God appointed and 
sent, for this purpose, “Prepare! Prepare!” You 
ask. “Prepare for what?” In the language of 
Scripture let me say, “Prepare to meet thy God." 



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Are you ready to meet him? Are you ready to 
greet him with joy, or in the sight of the rending 
heavens and your descending Lord will you flee 
in terror, calling for the rocks and hills to fall 
upon you? 

Peter says that there shall come in the last 
days "scoffers, saying, Where is the promise of 
his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all 
things continue as they were from the beginning 
of creation.” 

If scoffers ever were plenty in the world they 
are certainly so now— men who do not believe 
the Bible, do not believe there is a God or a 
Christ, or a Holy Spirit, or anything they would 
rather not have anything to do with. To all 
such we would apply the words of the Psalmist 
when he says, "The fool has said in his heart, 
There is no God." The Lord have compassion 
on all such, who do not believe because they will 
not Your starving soul, your pleading heait, 
yea, even your intellect craving for something be- 
yond yourself, something that will satisfy and 
lead your soul hack, to its glorious source and the 
original purpose of its Maker, prove to us that 
thiugs are as they are, not by chance, hut by de- 
sign and purpose of that first great Cause m 
whom and through whom all thiugs have their 
origin and their existence. Nay, things are as 
they are by the sovereign will and word and the 
almighty power of the omnipotent God, like unto 

whom there is none other. 

Looking back a little, let us ask, Do all things 
continue as they were from the beginning of 
creation? Let us take a historical view of ouly 
the last quarter of a century, and then answer 
the question. Many have been the disasters or 
accidents hy which God has been endeavoring 
to warn men to draw near unto himself. 

A list of these great signals, warning us that 
NOW is the day of salvation, the time given us 
to prepare for the coming judgment, is as follows: 
The greatest explosion that occurred in the 
world was on the Island of Krakatoa in the East 
Indies, Aug. 27, 1883. 

The Johnstown flood, in which the city 01 
Johnstown, Pa., was devastated, May 31, 1889. 

The Galveston (Texas) Hood, Sept. 8 , 1900. 

The Mount Peelee eruption and earthquake, 011 
the Island of Martinique iu the West Indies, May 

8 , 1902. „ „ 

The horrible Iroquois Theater hre, ec. 
iao3, in Chicago, 111., when hundreds of souls 
went to meet their God from a place of sinful 

and worldly amusement. 

The burning of the steamship "General Slo- 
cum" in New York harbor, June 15,- 1904, which 
sent hundreds of people into eternity with no 
time for preparation. 

During the year 1906 we had the following: 

In March a terrible earthquake on the island 
of Formosa. 

In April. 1906, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, 
burying whole villages in oceans of lava, mud and 

cinders. , 

Also in April, 1906, the overthrow ot proud, 

God-dishonoring San Francisco. 

In August, 1906, a destructive earthquake at 

Valparaiso, Chili. 

lu September, 1906, the dreadful typhoon at 
Houg-Kong. China. Later in the same month a 
terrific hurricane swept over our Gulf state cities, 
and iu October a similar storm of wind and water 
swept over Cuba and the Florida Keys, sending 
many persons to their death in a very unexpected 

manner. 

Do all these things continue as they have ever 
been’ Iu the light of all these death-dealing 
agencies, sent as warnings by God to draw mens 
hearts to him and to righteousness, we cannot 
answer in the affirmative. No! By flood, flames 
and explosions the Lord has been tearing down 
and building up and showing to this old world the 
fact that God is mightier than all the powers ot 
men. or the forces of nature, and he reigns now. 

Awake! Awake! For why will ye die, O Is- 
rael? Oh. why will ye die, men and women, for 


whom Jesus died on the cross and shed his 
precious blood? 

The atonement was a full and free gift for 
every one. Accept it as your own, ere the death- 
knell sounds— ere it is forever too late. Prepare 
for the judgment by preparing to meet your God, 
in the full assurance that your sins are all under 
the blood, and that your soul is made pure, so 
that you will "he found of him iu peace, without 
spot and blameless.” 

"Watch, therefore, for ye know not what hour 
your Lord doth come. But know this that if the 
goodman ot the house had known in what hour 
the thief would come, he would have watched 
and would not have suffered his house to be 
broken through. Therefore he ye also ready, for 
in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man 
cometh” (Matt. 24:42-44). 


from sin and heirs of heaven we must look to 
Jesus Christ, who is made unto us wisdom, right- 
eousness, sanctification and redemption. In him 
we have a full, free and complete salvation, 
which will bring us into favor with God, and in- 
sure for us a home on his right hand, where 
there is joy and fulness of joy, forever more. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

REPORT 

Of the Second Quarterly Sunday School Confer- 
ence held in the Mennonite M. H. near 
Peabody, Kan., on Dec. 15, 1907. 


For tile Herald of Truth 

SALVATION IN CHRIST. 


By T. F. Johnson. 


In the first chapter of Genesis we read about 
the creation. The sacred record says, "In the be- 
ginning God created the heaven and the earth, 
and all that are in them, and he made man in 
His own image and gave him dominion over all 
that He had created, and God was pleased with 
the work of his hands — with all that he had 
created— and above all he delighted himself with 
man, the creature he had made in his own image. 
But man in his first creation was without ex- 
perience, and Satan, the enemy of God, knowing 
this came to our first parents in the image of a 
serpent ami deceived them, and through this 
deception they were led to transgress the com- 
mand of God, and through this deception the wis- 
dom of God and the divine influence departed 
from them and they becapie imperfect, sinful 
creatures, and in this sinful and imperfect con 
dition they made many mistakes, and as their 
hearts were inclined to evil continually they 
sought after the things that were contrary to 
God’s will more than they sought after the things 
that pleased him. In course of time they became 
so corrupt that they would no longer accept 
reproof and correction of God or his Spirit, and 
God said, "My Spirit shall not always strive with 
man." Because of sin, corruption and violence. 
God brought the flood upon the earth to destroy 
this sinful aud disobedient generation. 

But the flood did not cleanse men of their in- 
clination to evil, did not wash away their sins, 
and did not make men perfect. For after the 
flood sin continued and unrighteousness prevailed 
and long after the flood God said in his word. 
The heart of man is deceitful above all things 
and desperately wicked. 

But God in his mercy, even after the first trans- 
gression in Eden, provided the means of re- 
demption and salvation unto man, when He said 
to the serpent, "I will put enmity between thee 
and the woman; between thy seed and her see . 
it (her seed) shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt 
bruise his heel.” This woman’s seed here spoken 
of signified Jesus, the Savior of the world. As 
a further explanation of this truth we see Moses 
in after years, when the children of Israel were 
bitten by the fiery serpents, God directed him to 
make a serpent of brass and set it up in the midst 
of the camp of Israel, that whosoever had been 
bitten by a fiery serpent might look upon the 
brazen serpent, and he who thus looked upon the 
brazen serpent would be healed of the serpent s 
bite In reference to this, Jesus says, “As Moses 
lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so 
must the Son of man he lifted up, that whosoever 
believeth on hint should not perish, but have 
eternal life." Jesus himself says, “I am the way. 
the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the 
Father hut by me.” And again we are told that 
there is none other name given under heaven 
among men whereby we can be saved except the 
name of Christ. So if we wish to be made free 


Opening remarks and Scripture lesson read by 
the moderator, Bro. Sam Cockley. 

Conference theme, "And Jesus went about all 
Galilee teaching in the synagogues" (Matt. 4:23). 

The following are the topics and some of the 
many thoughts given by the brethren and sisters 
who with' their united efforts made the meetfng 
a success. 

1. "Should the Sunday school be considered 
of as much importance and be regarded as seri- 
ously as other church, services?” Discussed by 
M E. Horst and I. B. Good. 

The Sunday school should be considered equally 
as important. We are becoming aware of the 
truth that our strong people in the church are 
those who have been brought up in the Sunday 
school. The Sunday school was termed as a 
nursery in which trees are raised. It was also 
said that the young trees are easily destroyed it 
no care is given them, and, on the reverse, how 
with careful training and pruning they will grow 
to he strong, useful trees, yielding fruit. So the 
truths of God are more easily planted in the 
heart of the child, tender in mind and young in 
years. Impressions made in childhood are ever- 
lasting. The chief object should be to save souls. 

II How can children be made to understand 
that their conduct in the Sunday school should be 
just as serious as iu any other religious service?’ 
By J. S. Horst and Edna Beck. 

K the good of the child is cultivated, the results 
are usually promising. Children are innocent, but 
we must continually he reminding them. Hence 
the importance of keeping the mind tilled with 
the truths of God. Children should be taught to 
revere God’s house. They are great imitators aud 
quick to follow in others’ steps. Hence when we 
go to the house of God to worship, let us be at- 
tentive and show hy the interest we manifest 
that we are in earnest about it. There should 
be no nodding heads and closed eyes. Children 
should be instructed about the lesson before leav- 
ing home, and the lesson will be less tiresome, 
because they know something about it. Teach 
them to ask ami answer questions, heed the 
teacher, and their conduct will he good. 

Song. T il he a sunbeam,” hy the infant class. 

Recital ion, "Tommy’s Prayer," hy Maggie Horst. 

HI "What Department of the Sunday school 
requires the most attention?” Samuel Wiuey and 
Henry Burkhard. 

Boys and girls between the ages ot eight and 
twelve need much attention, as they find so many 
alluring things outside of the Sunday school. Be- 
gin at the primary and junior classes. 

IV. "Are Sunday schools as at present gen- 
erally conducted, productive of the most spiritual 
good’ to the pupils and the glory of God?” David 
Kornhaus and Minnie Winey. 

Fmler the present condition the Sunday school 
lias yet great possibilities aud large opportunities 
before it. but it is also productive. We are 
God s instruments working here, and should do 
all for li is glory. There is room for improvement 
always. Let us be strong for Christ out of the 
Sunday school as well as in it. 

Recitation on "Temptation” by Warren Grayblll 

At the close of the program Sister Zatdee 
Brenneman read us an essay about the history 
of some of our early Sunday schools. The meet- 
was closed with a prayer by the moderator. 

CELESTA WINEY. Sec’y. 





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KCEHA.LD OF TRUTH 


January 2 


TIDINGS from the CHURCH AT HOME AND ABROAD 


FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

India. — American Mennonite Mission. Dhamtarl, 
C. P., India. Stations: Sundarganj, Rudri, 

Leper Asylum, Ualodgahan. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

Chicago. — Home Mission, 145 W. 18th Street, Chi- 
cago, 111. A. H. Leaman, Supt. 

Chicago. — Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 
Ave. and 26th Street, Chicago, 111. 

Chicago. — Hoyne Avenue Mission, Cor. 33d Street 
and Hoyne Avenue. 

Toronto, Canada. — Home Mission, 461 King Street, 
E. Toronto. Samuel Honderich, Supt. 

Welsh Mountain. — Welsh Mountain Industrial Mis- 
sion, New Holland, Pa., R. F. D. No. 4. Noah 
H. Mack, Supt. 

Philadelphia.— Mennonite Home Mission, Cor. Am- 
ber and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Ft. Wayne. — 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft. Wayne, Ind. 
J. M. Hartzler, Supt. 

Lancaster. — 462 Rockland Street, Lancaster, Pa. 
Canton. — Mission Home, 1934 East Eighth Street, 
Canton, Ohio. P. R. Lantz, Supt. 

Kansas City. — 200 S. Seventh St., Kansas City, 
Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. 

BENEVOLENT AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS. 
Orphans' Home. — West Liberty, Ohio. A. Metzler, 
Supt. 

Old People's Home. — Marshallville, Ohio, R. F. D. 
J. D. Mininger, Supt. 

Old People’s Home. — Oreville, Pa. A. K. Diener, 
Supt. 

La Junta Sanitarium. — La Junta, Colo. D. S. 
Weaver, Supt. 

In the congregation at Middlebury, Ind., ordi- 
nation services were held on Sunday, Dec. 22, 
1907, at which Bro. Simon Yoder was chosen to 
the ministry. The Lord fit him for the solemn 
and important work. Bro. D. J. Johns officiated. 
* * * 

The Bible Conference held week before last 
in the Barker Street M. H., near Bristol, Ind., 
was one of special interest to all who attended, 
and while the attendance was not so large during 
the day sessions, the evening sessions were well 
attended and many good impressions were left 
on the minds of the audience. The meetings 
closed on the 21. One person was led to accept 
Christ and was received into church fellowship 
on the 22d. The instructors were D. J. Johns 
and Oscar Hostetter. 

* * * 

Wakarusa, Ind., Dec. 22, 1907. — To the Herald 
Readers: — Greeting. We are having an unusual 
holiday season. Church services and other pub- 
lic meetings in and near Wakarusa are closed for 
two weeks on account of smallpox. Services 
which were announced for Christmas are there- 
fore Suspended. Our Sunday school election for 
next year was held on Dec. 8, resulting in the re- 
election of Silas Weldy as superintendent; J. 1. 
Weldy, chorister; Meimo Weaver, assistant super- 
intendent; Martha E. Beutler, secretary. Class 
arrangement and appointing of teachers has not 
yet been done. COR. 

* » * 

Wellman, Iowa, Dec. 7, 1907. — Dear Herald 
Readers: — Greeting in Jesus' precious name. As 
no tidings from this place have appeared in the 
columns of the Herald for some time, I feel im- 
pressed during this Thanksgiving season to ex- 
press my thankfulness toward our heavenly Fa- 
ther and Jesus, the Savior of all who believe in 
him, for the numerous blessings imparted unto 
us as his people and children, by supplying us 
with a bountiful harvest, so that we have plenty 
to support ns for the coming year, and have some 
to spare for those who are less fortunate than 
we, whose crops have failed, in India and Ar- 
menia, Turkey. Dear brethren and sisters, let 
us sympathize with the needy ones and hand in 
an offering for their support; let us spend less 
for our own gratification at the coming Christ- 
mas and share with the famishing and needy 
ones. The Lord will bless the cheerful giver. 


I also feel thankful to the Lord for the spiritual 
blessings we enjoy, in this that his servants, with 
his leading, faithfully proclaimed the glad tidings 
of salvation with earnestness. Quite a number 
of precious young souls were gathered into the 
fold in the several congregations in this locality. 

Communion services were held in Upper Deer 
Creek M. H. three weeks ago, when nearly all 
the members partook. To-day communion was 
observed in Lower Deer Creek church. 

Thanksgiving services were held in both Upper 
and Lower Deer Creek churches, and appropriate 
sermons were delivered. Praise the Lord for all 
his blessings. S. D. GUENGERICH. 

• * • 

Warrensburg, Mo., Dec. 16, 1907. — Dear Editors: 

I like the Herald of Truth, it is a good paper. 
I see that you are working for the salvation of 
souls and for the good cause of the church, for 
the upholding of the commandments of God and 
the simplicity of the gospel. Go on and do all 
the good you can. I am old and afflicted and can 
hardly write any more. I will be eighty years 
old on my next birthday. I became a member 
of the church fifty-eight years ago. God bless 
you. JOHN BOWMAN. 

* * * 

Conway, Kan., Dec. 21, 1907. — To all the Herald 
Readers: — Greeting. 1 arrived at my home last 
Sunday evening at eight o’clock and found all 
well. I visited with relatives and friends for over 
seven weeks, and was in over one hundred and 
forty homes and had pleasant and profitable visits, 
t feel to thank my many relatives and friends for 
tlie kindness you have all shown me while with 
you. I spent three and a half weeks in Indiana 
and General Conference, two days in Wayne Co., 
Ohio, one day in Scottdale, one week in Mifflin 
Co., Pa., three days in Warwick Co., Va., one 
week in Logan Co., Ohio, and twenty-four hours 
in Cass Co., Mo. On Saturday night I stayed with 
my brother Thomas and family and my mother 
in Kansas City. My mother’s health is good. 
Call and visit us when you are in the West. The 
Lord bless you all. Respectfully, 

JOHN M. ZOOK. 

* * • 

The Bible Conference held at the Barker Street 
Mennonite M. H. during week before last proved 
to be a profitable and encouraging effort, and 
while the attendance during the day sessions 
was not so large the attendance was very encour- 
aging in the evening. May God’s blessing rest 
upon the work. 

* * * 

Correction. — In the correspondence from Minier, 
111., in last week’s issue it was stated by our 
correspondent that the eighteen converts referred 
to were received into church fellowship on Dec. 8. 
This was a mistake. It was on Dec. 1 and not 
on the 8th. 

* * • 

Mennonite Home Mission, Toronto, Ont., Dec. 
20, 1907. — To the Readers of the Herald of Truth: 
— Greeting in Jesus’ name. We have reason to 
feel encouraged at this place, although perhaps 
we are not accomplishing all that we would like. 
We are thankful for the promise that if we faith- 
fully sow the seed, God will give the increase. 

On Dec. 8 Bro. and Sister Henry Gumm and 
two children of High River, Alberta, spent Sun- 
day and Monday with us before going to their 
home near Berlin, Ont. Bro. and Sister Isaac 
Miller of Markham were with us the same time. 
Bro. Moses Hoover of Selkirk, Ont., spent the 
15th at the Mission. On the 16th Bro. and Sister 
Isaac Miller from Alberta called. On Wednesday 
evening Bro. Miller preached to us from the text, 
“Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy 
laden, and I will give you rest.” We thank him 


for the instruction and encouragement held out 
to all God’s people. 

Christmas is near at band with its usual hustle 
and bustle. There are many poor people in the 
city owing to hard times. It has been said, ‘‘If 
all the money that is spent foolishly in Toronto 
alone were given to the poor, none would need 
to suffer.”- Or if all that money were used for 
missionary purposes much good could be dohe. 

Pray for the work and workers at this place 
that we may prove faithful in pointing lost souls 
to the Christ born so many years ago. 

Wishing you all a happy Christmas, I am yours 
in His name, BERNICE DEVITT. 

* * * 

Dec. 23, 1907. — Dear Brethren: — I herewith let 
you know that my dear sister died on the 12th of . 
October, 1907, and went to her eternal home. 
This leaves me alone in my home. She was fifty- 
one years old and was a member of the German 
Presbyterian church. She was a reader of your 
German paper for many years and loved it very 
much. The text used at her funeral was Prov. 
10:28, “The hope of the righteous shall be glad- 
ness; but the expectation of the wicked shall 
perish.” I wish you a merry Christmas and a 
happy New Year. D. H. 

We sincerely sympathize with our brother in 
the sad affliction which leaves him alone on the 
weary pilgrimage through this present evil world. 
May the Lord comfort and sustain him and finally 
give him a home in the heavenly mansions, where 
the companionship of saints and angels shall give 
joy and blessedness forevermore. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

THE MICHIGAN LETTER. 

By Aldus Brackbill. 

To Our Beloved Church: — Greeting in the 
blessed name of Jesus. When we had decided 
to make our home in a distant state, many of 
our beloved brethren and sisters and also many 
of our kind friends asked us to write them. But 
we found that we could not write to all of them, 
as it would have taken too much time and labor. 
So, consulting our better judgment, we found that 
we could write a letter to our church papers and 
have it published in the form of a continued 
story of our trip, and in this way not crowd out 
other reading matter that might help the brethren 
to spread abroad the gospel through the medium 
of the press, and in this way all interested can 
read it; and this we will try to do to the honor 
and glory of God. 

We will try and make our standard 1 Cor. 2:2, 
trusting that we may go on our journey through 
life, marching under the blood-stained banner of 
King Immanuel. 

We (myself, wife and son Maurice) arrived at 
our destination, Elmdale, Kent Co., Mich., safely 
and well, under the kind protection and guidance 
of our heavenly Father. 

In order to explain so that all our readers may 
understand the matter, etc., we will say that upon 
the desire and request of the congregation known 
as the Bowne congregation near Elmdale in Kent 
Co., Mich., we concluded to move from our for- 
mer home in Lancaster City to the above named 
place and live and labor with the congregation 
there and make our future home with the people 
in this vicinity and labor with them to spread 
abroad the gospel of Christ and point lost souls 
to the Savior of the world (Matt. 28:19, 20). 

On Monday, Nov. 25, 1907, we began packing 
and crating our goods for shipment. Bro. H. K. 
Bender and wife came and helped in the begin- 
ning, and in the afternoon our dear brother and 
fellow-laborer, Ezra Weaver, also lent us a help- 
ing hand, for which we were truly thankful. 

Wishing God’s richest blesBing to rest upon 
and abide with us all (Rev. 22:2), we ask our 
friends, if they will, to write to us, as we will 
be glad to hear from all of you. Our P. O. address 
for the present is Alto, Mich., care of Chr. Hoff- 
man. (To be continued.) 


HERALD OF TRUTH. 


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1908. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

DEATH OF BISH. PETER BECKER OF SOUTH 
DAKOTA. 

Bish. Peter Becker was a man who among the 
Russian brotherhood, as well as to some extent 
among the American brethren and sisters, and 
also in Russia, his native country, was well 
known; and for this reason we believe many will 
be anxious to learn something concerning his 
life, and especially about his last days and his 
departure. 

He was born Dec. 16, 1845, in the village Car- 
rolswalde in Poland, Russia. When he was six- 
teen years old he accepted Christ and on Nov. 21, 
1869, he was married to Maria Richert. He was 
the father of eleven children, of whom eight pre- 
ceded him in death. In the fall of 1874 his 
parents emigrated from Russia to America. They 
had then three children, of whom two are still 
living. In the spring of 1876 they settled on the 
wild prairie of South Dakota, forty miles north 
of Yankton, where they had a hard beginning, 
but the Lord richly blessed their labors and 
prospered them. With them also, at the same 
time, many others from different parts of Russia 
settled in the same vicinity, and as the bishop 
(Tobias Unruh) with whom they came from Rus- 
sia to this country, died within the first year 
of their residence here, there arose among the 
people a desire for the choosing and ordaining 
of another minister. The choice of the people 
fell on Bro. Becker, and he was accordingly or- 
dained to the ministry and shortly afterward to 
the office of elder or bishop. This office, on ac- 
count of the different views existing with many 
of the people and from the fact that his fellow- 
laborers in the work did not support him as 
faithfully as they should have done, often became 
to him as a leader of the people and as an am- 
bassador for Christ a very great burden — almost 
more than he could bear. But the dear Savior, in 
whom he trusted, stood by him, and in order to 
test and better fit him for future trials and use- 
fulness led him through trying afflictions. 

On the 9th of June, 1892, his daughter Elske 
was called from the family circle by death at the 
age of eighteen years, ten months and nine days. 
On the 20th of March, 1893, his beloved com- 
panion, our beloved mother, who so often sup- 
ported and aided him both with her counsel and 
comfort, was also taken from him by the relent- 
less hand of death. A few months later in the 
year (July 6) his daughter Susanna, at the age 
of fifteen years, five months and nineteen days, 
was also taken from him. And yet the Lord saw 
fit to afflict him still more and one month later 
(Aug. 9) his son Franz died at the age of seven- 
teen years, two months and sixteen days. And 
still it was not enough. Death seemed insatiable, 
and on the 11th of July, 1896, his son Abraham 
was taken from him at the age of fifteen years, 
six months and twenty-two days. Dec. 2, 1897, 
his son Henry died, aged eighteen years, five 
months and two days. On Aug. 31, 1900, his sou 
Jacob died, aged fifteen years, five months and 
twelve days. Two of his children died young 
soon after their arrival in this country. 

After this our father, with the assistance of 
his oldest son Cornelius and his daughter Eva, 
who was then eighteen years of age, continued 
farming, in his lonesomeness, for several years, 
but finally rented out his farm and confined him- 
self chiefly to the raising of fruit and keeping 
honey-bees. 

Since the most of our relatives lived in Kan- 
sas and Oklahoma, the desire came to the three 
children still living (of whom the oldest daughter, 
Helena, is my wife) to visit them, and accord- 
ingly we decided, with the desire and consent of 
her father, to leave home on the 8th of October, 
1907. Before father drove to town with his chil- 
dren, we sang the hymn in the German language, 
“God be with us till we meet again,” and in 
prayer commended us to the care and protection 
of our heavenly Father that with his grace he 


might lead us according to his holy will. Two 
girls, Maria and Eva Becker, were prepared to 
come and care for our father and do his house- 
work. Everything seemed to move along nicely 
and pleasantly. Those on the journey and those 
at home were cheerful and happy and father felt 
especially well. He assisted in caring for his 
aged mother, who lives with his brother John 
about a quarter of a mile from him, whose 
strength is failing, on account of her great age. 
She was already eighty-seven years of age. He 
seemed able to care for her better than any one 
else. 

On the night of Nov. 7 the first symptoms of ill- 
ness manifested themselves (pains in his bowels). 
After this he felt so much better again that on 
Friday he was able during the day to go twice 
to his mother and could eat his dinner with a 
good appetite. In the afternoon he received a 
letter from his nephew, Peter Unruh, in Kansas, 
telling where his children were and how they 
felt, and where they were going the next day. 
He related to me by telephone what the letter 
contained, and as they had set the time of their 
visit on six weeks, we talked over that if they 
wished they could also, so far as we were con- 
cerned, remain a week longer, neither of us 
thinking that we would already on Sunday, Nov. 
10, have to call them home by telegraph. 

On Saturday, Nov. 9, at 6 o’clock in the evening 
Bro. Becker had an attack of very severe pains, 
but was able himself to call his physician by tele- 
phone from Marion, who came immediately. I 
was already there when he came. The physician, 
after examining him, found the disease very 
serious and prescribed strong cathartics. I asked 
the physician what was to be done in case the 
powders he gave did not work. He said, “They 
must do the work before he lias them ail taken. ' 
But when I insisted on a direct answer to my 
question he replied after we had gone out, "Then 
it will be bad.” He took all the powders, but 
instead of doing the work intended they only 
caused him a night of severe suffering. At 5 
o’clock in the morning, after the powders were 
all taken, he requested us to apply hot oats, upon 
which the pains became less severe and he felt 
easier. In the morning about 10 o’clock we spoke 
about sending a telegram to Oklahoma to call 
the children home. He 'loved his children and 
did not wish to break in on their visit. He said, 
“We will wait till to-morrow." But when we saw 
that the disease was rapidly growing upon him. 
I asked him about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, 
“Father, shall we not telegraph now? Say just 
.what you wish.” Then he answered decidedly 
that we should send a dispatch as quickly aa 
possible and tell the children to come home. We 
expected according to the information we had 
that they were with my brother, Jacob Dirks, in 
Beaver, Okla., and would the next day be in 
Menno, Okla. We therefore immediately tele- 
graphed to both places; but our dispatch did not 
reach my brother Jacob and instead of going 
from Liberal by way of Newton they went to 
Lahoma, Okla. 

Finally, as the disease increased in severity, 
beyond all expectation, and we all, as he also 
himself, saw that the end was near, he said, "1 
commend my spirit into thy hands, even as thou, 
O Jesus, didst commend thy spirit into the hands 
of the Father.” And as the death-damps were 
already upon his forehead, we sang his favorite 
hymn in German, “Nearer, my God, to thee.” 
He al so j oin e d in and sang with us some of the 
words so that they could be distinctly under- 
stood. Soon after, at 9:15 p. m., on the 11th of 
Nov., 1907, his soul departed from him and went 
back to God who gave it'. 

Our dear father was during his sickness an 
example of patience and submission to God, as 
in his days of health and strength, as far as he 
knew, he had set his house in order, both witli 
God and his fellow-men, and had followed the 
words of the apostle, “As much as lieth in you, 
have peace with all men.” He had made no 



1 


arrangements in regard to his property, any 
further than that he told me, “Give $50(1.00 to 
the mission cause, and the remainder divide 
peaceably.” This was really his last will and 
testament, and a good one. ’Much sympathy was 
expressed and shown him by friends and acquaint- 
ances during his sickness and sufferings. Some 
one asked him shortly before he died, "But the 
children?" He replied, “They will find me as 
God will." Inusmuch as the time of the funeral 
on account of the return of the children was un- 
certain, we cared for the corpse as well as we 
knew how, and God blessed us in the work, so 
that the corps© was well preserved. There was 
some anxiety that it might not be presentable, 
but it appeared better at the time of the funeral 
than it did immediately after death. 

The children received the dispatch informing 
them of the death of their father on Wednesday 
at 1 p. m., as they arrived at the home of Andreas 
Becker. Here they telephoned to their aunt, 
who met and brought them a letter which father 
had written just previous to his death, teli.ug 
them that all was well. She also brought both 
the dispatches which had been sent 

As their beloved friends, Andreas Beckers, 
came riding along — 1 will quote their own words 
— “we were standing in the side entrance. After 
our salutation, which was a somewhat sad one, 
aunt asked us, ‘Have you heard from home?’ 
We said, ’No,’ but noticed that there was some- 
thing wrong. We asked, ‘Is grandmother dead? - 
’No,’ was the reply. ‘Father is not dead, is he?' 
•Yes; we received a dispatch yesterday morning.’ 
they replied. We cannot express our feelings on 
paper, and the sorrow that pierced our hearts. 
Only those can realize it who have experienced 
similar troubles. Lena said, ‘I have had much 
trouble already in this world, but how 1 shall be 
able to surmount and rise above this trial I do 
not know.’ But the Lord says, ‘As thy day, so 
shall thy strength be.’ 

"We went back to the depot at once and there 
met our friends, Adam ECkens. We greeted them 
and immediately bade them farewell again, and 
the parting was indeed sad; but in a few min- 
utes the train left and we were on our way home- 
ward. At a subsequent station where we changed 
cars we had to wait four hours. Those, indeed, 
were hours of painful suspense. We felt as 
though we wanted to hasten and go on in ad- 
vance of the train.” 

Meanwhile we at home were waiting for them 
with deepest anxiety, until finally on Friday even- 
ing, Nov. 15 (4 p. m.)) they arrived safely in 
Parker, S. D., where arrangements had been made 
with a friend to meet them w i t h a conveyance 
and take them to Marion, where the writer was 
waiting for them with his own team and at 6:30 
p. m. we stood together around the remains of 
our departed father, where the tears flowed 
afresh. While they were on the way they formed 
all sorts of conjectures as to the cause of his 
death, as he had never been sick to the extent 
that he was confined to his bed; but now they 
felt thankful that he died a peaceful and natural 
death. 

Now that all the arrangements for the funeral 
had been made, all the telephone lines were 
brought into use and the friends notified that the 
next day, Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p. m. the funeral 
services would be held, which was all done in 
accordance with tne request made by our father 
shortly before he died. The weather was ideal. 
Tn good time the : yard at the church was fitted 
with conveyances from far and near. The hearse, 
on the way to the church, stopped at the home 
of the aged mother of the deceased and she was 
carried out in a chair by two brethren and per 
mitted to cast a last faint look upon the still 
features of her deceased son. 

Funeral discourses were delivered to the as- 
sembled congregation by Christian Miller from 
John 16:16-22, and by Joseph Kauffman from 1 
Pel. 5:1-4, and also by Heinrich C. Unruh from 
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MFR^XJD OF TRUTH 


J uary 2 


1 Y01NC PEOPLE’S BIBLE MEETING PAGE 

♦ _ , 

TOPIC: Christian Living, Rom. 12:9-21. Sunday Jan. 12, 1908. 


EDITED BY A. B. RUTT. 

THE LESSON MOTTO. 

In this great world of fellow-men, of neighbors 
and friends all about me, of tremendous oppor- 
tunity and corresponding responsibility, help me, 
Lord, to live the Christ-life daily. 

DAILY READINGS. 

January, 1908. 

0. M. — The citizen of Zion. Psa. 15. 

7. T. — The evidences of sainthood. Matt. 5:1-1G. 
S. W. — Christian joys and privileges. Phil. 4:4-13. 

9. T. — Christian duties. 1 Thess. 5:9-25. 

10. P. — Putting on Christ. Col. 3:1-15. 

11. S. — Christian behavior. Col. 3:10-25. 

12. S. — Christian Living. Rom. 12:9. 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE. 

In the hurry, scurry and worry of the present 
day the Old Testament admonition, “Remember 
now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while 
the evil days come not, nor the' years draw nigh 
when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in 
them,” comes to us with doubly vivid force and 
meaning. Men engrossed with the world’s cares 
or stupefied with its pleasures, forget Christ, the 
Christ-life, the world’s needs, tho heaven to gain 
or tho hell to shun. All existence is swallowed 
up in the great fish called Selfishness which 
swims about on the ocean of time and finally 
spews out the naked, famished soul on the bound- 
less shores of eternity. It is because of this that 
the world— worldliness— is such a fearful enemy 
of Christ. Last week our subject was, "Stepping 
heavenward.” We cannot go one step toward 
heaven. without Christ, who is the way and the 
only way, and by whom, alone we come to the 
Father. We cannot live the Christian life one 
day without Christ, for he is the true Vine and 
wo as the branches cannot live one day separated 
from that Vine. Without him we wither and die. 
Note then tho need of continually abiding in him 
as a necessity to Christian living. 

Our subject is one on doctrine. In the first 
part of Paul’s epistle he lays deep and strong 
foundations or DOCTRINE. In the excerpt used 
to-day we see clearly set forth: 

1. The purity of love. V. 9. 

2. The p osi tiven ess of love. V. 9. 

3. The unselfishness of love. V. 10. 

4. The holy activity of love. V. 11. 

5. The compensations of love. V. 12. 

C. The practical exhibitions of love. Vs. 13-15, 

7. The humility of love. V. 1G. 

8. The generosity of love. Vs. 17-21. 

Each of these forms a subject by itself, and it 
would be well to keep this eight-fold division In 
mind in the discussion, and note especially that 
all of it bears a strong relation to John 3:16. 

A FEW THOUGHTS. 

The Young People's Meeting is in reality one 
of the most important parts of all our church 
work. It is not Intended merely to keep the 
busy young minds and active hands and warm 
hearts engaged in an aimless, spinning-top activ- 
ity, but to enlist our faculties, wills and bodies 
in Christian servico that we may indeed present 
our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable 
unto God, which Is our reasonable service, the 
only service in which the Christian can reason- 
ably engage, all that he does being then sub- 
servient to this one thing: SERVICE FOR THE 
LORD, and the Young People’s Meeting, like the 
mottb of our College at Goshen, is to be a means 
of “Culturo for Service,” a means of preparation, 
an opportunity for study, and for mutual edi- 
fication. 


This being the case, the topics should be as- 
signed as far ahead as possible. Three months 
is not loo far ahead for thorough preparation. 
Tho leaders should have ample time to sub- 
divide the subject assigned to them, and re- 
assign the various divisions. You say, this re- 
quires work? Read Rom. 12:1, 2, again and see 
what you are here for, and as often as you think 
the Young People’s Meeting makes too much 
work read that text again until you are willing 
to do what it admonishes YOU to be and to do. 

HINTS. 

He liveth long who liveth well! 

All other life is ’short and vain; 

He liveth longest who can tell 
Of living most for heavenly gain. 

He liveth long who liveth well! 

All else is being Hung away; 

He liveth longest who can tell 

Of true things truly done each day. 

Let us hate sin as we hate that hell to which 
it inevitably leads. 

Hate all sin! Sin no more 

Hide within Christ the DOOR. 

Time and health, love and wealth 
Wo should give to Jesus. 

Wo should live for Jesus. 

Wo should live for others 
Since all men are brothers. 

What motto in this Scripture lesson would you 
suggest as appropriate for a business man to 
hang up in his store, office or shop? 

What verse would you use as a motto when 
a church officer is to be elected? 

What verso would you think of when tempted 
to vote or use your influence for some wrong 
movement? 

Note the twenty-five beautiful mottoes in this 
Scripture lesson for a Christian's life. Read and 
remember them. 

What does our topic, as shown by the lesson, 
teach us about entertaining strangers? About 
the sick neighbor? About the neighbor In trouble? 
About a down-hearted and discouraged friend or 
neighbor? About persecution? When tempted to 
live in very elegant or extravagant style? When 
an enemy tries to quarrel with you? When an 
enemy is in trouble or need? Do these questions 
suggest what Christian living includes? Then 
look' to Jesus and learn of him. 

ILLUSTRATIONS. 

A New Kind of Persecution. 

A pious man who was persecuted by an ungodly 
neighbor resolved to turn upon his neighbor in 
like manner, only that he would persecute him 
with good will and kind deeds. The more the 
wicked man sought to do the pious man harm 
the more the pious man sought to do the wicked 
man good. He "persecuted” him in this way 
until the wicked man was fairly beaten, fearfully 
ashamed and became fully repentent. The pious 
man had overcome evil with good and gained a 
soul for God and his service that had been 
actively and persistently opposed to Christian 
work and influence. What a victory, and it cost 
no lives, but it gained a life, by whom many 
others were gained. So ought wo to follow with 
our blessings and prayers those who pursue us 
with ill will and disdain. 

Transparent Business. 

A business man who gave considerable money 
to support worthy causes, but whose business 
methods were not always above reproach, had a 
dream. He dreamed that all his transactions were 
put Into a show-case where they became trans- 
parent, so that all who passed by could not only 
see, but sec through, the transaction. Soon a 


crowd gathered and his name which was honored 
in society was hooted in derision and hate. He 
awoke in a cold sweat, but he decided that it 
was a timely warning from God to keep him 
from worse things and save him, and he firmly 
resolved that henceforth he would "provide things 
honestly in the sight of all men.” He made his 
motto to read thus and put after tho word hon- 
estly “transparently’’ in parenthesis. His busi- 
ness prospered, for he was not slothful, and he 
was enabled to give more than ever before and 
with a truly joyful heart, for now he did it only 
unto the Lord. 

The Power of Unity. , 

The closer the stones lie, and the better they 
are squared and fit into one another, the stronger 
is the building. It is this unity and brotherly 
love in the church of Christ that tend to edifvj 
it and make it a power for good. Separate two 
atoms which make the hammer and each would 
fall on the stone as a snow flake; but welded into 
one, and wielded by the firm arm of the quarry- 
man it will break the hardest rocks asunder. So 
can God use us if we are but firmly cemented in 
brotherly love. What wonders this one quality 
among Christians can do! Divide the waters of 
Niagara into distinct and individual drops and 
there would be no more than the falling rain, 
hut in their united body they would quench the 
fires of Vesuvius. They furnish the basis for 
enough power to run all the machinery in this 
great country. The Christian church united in 
purpose would furnish enough power under God 
to speedily carry the gospel messages and emplify 
the real Christ-life to all nations and individuals. 

SUDJECTS FOR TALKS OR ESSAYS. 

1. Duties of Christians, (a) to our friends, (b) 
to our enemies, (c) to people in trouble, (d) to 
strangers, (e) when we are in trouble, (f) in our 
business relations, (f) to God. 

2. The sin of dissimulation. 

3. The power of brotherly love. 

4. IIow to overcome enemies. 

ADDITIONAL TIDINGS. 

Towamencin, Pa., Dec. 26, 1907. — Dear Readers 
of the Herald: — Greeting. Services were held in 
the different Mennonite meeting-houses in this 
vicinity. 

Pre. Aaron N. Freed, of the Line Lexington 
congregation, united in marriage two couples of 
Freeds on Dec. 14, as follows: 

Allen L. Freed, son of Allen A. Freed of Tel- 
ford, and Katie M., daughter of Abram H. Freed 
of Souderton. Also at the same time and place, 
Henry G. Freed, son of Henry A. Freed of Tel- 
ford. and Emma C., daughter of Abram N. Freed 
of Souderton. 

The above two couples were all members of 
tho Old Mennonite church and all of Montgomery 
Co., Pa. 

Sister Alma II. Anders of Hatfield, Pa., daugh- 
ter of the late Anthony H. Anders, was called 
away by death on Sunday, Dec. 22, 1907. She 
had fallen a victim to consumption and died at 
the early age of eighteen years. Her remains 
were consigned to the earth on Dec. 28 at the 
Towamencin Shwenkfelder church. 

Sister Rosenbergcr, wife of Pro. John Rosen- 
berger, fell and injured her knee, from which she 
has been disabled. 

Dish. Jonas Miningcr, of the Plain congrega- 
tion, conducted services in the Springfield Menno- 
nite M. II.. in Ducks Co.. Pa., on Sunday, Dee. 22. 

Pre. C. D. Allebach of Kulpsville, Montgomery 
Co., Pa., preached at tho Harlcysvillo Chapel on 
Sunday evening. Dec. 22. COR. 


1908. 


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Young People’s Department! 

For the Herald of Truth. 

NEW YEAR. 

By M. M. Withrow. 

i ' * 

Our new year would be brighter, 
i Our deeds would all be whiter. 

If we'd only pause and think. 

We would cease unrest to borrow, 

We would ban worlds of sorrow, 

If we’d only stop and think. 

Lexington, Va. 

, For the Herald of Truth. 

THOUGHTS FOf\ THE NEW YEAR. 

By Flora Williams Wood. 

. Another year with all its hopes and fears 
Has sunk into the deep abyss of time; 

And on the threshold of the new we stand. 
Like travelers to a strange and distant clime. 

And what are your thoughts for the New Year? 
Are they bright, happy’ hopeful, energetic 
thoughts? Or do the old sorrows and disappoint- 
ments of tho past year still hang over your heads 
like a dark cloud threatening to destroy all happi- 
ness and hopes for the blefSed New Year? If 
so, cast them off as you would a soiled garment, 
for you have nursed those griefs long enough; 
you will be bent, old and wrinkled with tho 
weight of them if you carry them much longer. 

Let ghosts of sad, departed days 
Sink dimly with the past. 

And cherish only that which brings 
True happiness to the Lost 

Yes, let the trials of the old -gear pass out of 
your life along with other evenis you have for- 
gotten, and try. and begin the iVew Year inde- 
pendently of anything that threatens to mar your^ 
happiness or spoil your plans for success. 

Some people let the New Year come into their 
lives with seemingly no thought of its meaning 
and if possible store up a larger amount of work 
to do that day than any other, while each New 
Year is of greater importance than the rest and 
should be the period that- prompts us to halt and 
review what the past has been and what tho 
future may be. 

We should set aside the day as a day of in- 
voicing, dispelling with all things and thoughts 
that have been stumbling-blocks for our success 
In the past year. 

And we may accomplish far more in the end 
by sitting right down and spending the day in 
sober thinking— sort of mapping out cur course 
for the coming year. 

Tho trouble of it is, we are not systematic 
enough, but plunge heedlessly on our thoughtless 
way regardless of our porL without compass or 
guide, and then wonder at so many failure . We 
should think seriously of the New Year, and 
strive to accomplish more good than ever before, 
for every year that passes marks one year less 
In our lives, and every New Year marks our 
progress to the end. Then why pass It by so 
lightly? 

While the New Year bells ring out at inlujight, 
heralding their tidings of joy, "peace orv earth, 
good will toward men," there is a thrill of some- 
thing deep and pure and everlasting in -their 
cadence, like bidding farewell to an old and 
trusted friend and being introduced to a new 
one, suspiciously interesting. The year lie be- 
fore us like a road untraveled, a book unread a 
story untold. Will the journey be smooth and 
pleasant, the destination satisfactory, and will 
the story have a beautiful ending? 

It rests partly with our own efforts and our 
blessed hope in an all-wise power. Let us hope 
In Him and do our best Let Jesus be our guide 
In all we think and do, for we need a guardian 
Half the time we know not what is best for us 
nor the safest and surest road to take. 

And let us put on a new mantle of righteous- 
ness for the year 1907, as we take down the old 



EEER^UD OF TRUTH. 

calendars and hang up the new, resolved that 
the New Year will mark the progress of our very 
best efforts for, our future happiness and success. 

Welcome, thrice welcome, fair New Year! 

Our hearts, our hopes we give thee; 

Fill all our hearts with earnest cheer, 

Let all our nights untroubled be. 

Bless us, as now we waiting stand, 

While joy-bells chime on either hand. 

Welcome, thrice welcome, fair New Year! 

Crown with success the work we do; 

Keep us to- right and heaven near, 

And help us to be leal and true; 

So shall thy twelve months passing fast 
Lead to the King’s “Well done," at last. 

— [Lalia Mitchell.] 

For the Herald of Truth. 
HURRYING FOOTSTEPS. 


By “Eben Thor.” 


The evening being chilly, I appreciated the 
delicious warmth of the bright hearth fire. Fear- 
ing that the logs might burn themselves out all 
too quickly. I fed the flames by adding two more. 
Seating myself .in a capacious arm-chair, the 
newspaper failing to interest further, I felt a 
languor steal over me, and gave myself up to 
"absent treatment.” 

Somehow the room seemed to gain in size. 
The tall clock disappeared and in its place a 
door. The quietness was suddenly changed into 
a turmoil, the square drawing-room into a long, 
wide hallway. 

I seemed to be surrounded by people who were 
hurrying through and brushing roughly past me. 

On each face, as I beheld, there appeared the 
look of utter and complete anguish. Women 
were wringing their hands and moaning out, 
"Oh! must I go?” And men would mutter, 
“What’s the use? I’d as lieve go that way as 
any other if my time has come." 

Boys with features distorted and stamped with 
tho marks of dissipation, would give one look 
of horror and with long strides stepped toward 
the same goal. 

All at once, from tho far distance, I heard a 
sound like the rapid motion of cog-wheels, one 
upon another — the certain roll of mechanism,’ like 
shifting scenes In a theater. 

I did not at first join the group of pedestrians, . 
being too bewildered, and some unseen influence 
held me spellbound. 

Running toward me there came a messenger 
boy with a large, square envelope in his hand. 
Enclosed I found an invitation to attend a “Per- 
formance of Devils.” It was directed to me and 
included my entire family. The time set was 
not for any given day or hour, but for "all time.” 

I tore up the paper, being frightened that such 
a thing should be handed me. Alarmed by Its 
portent, I felt that it would be better to Investi- 
gate just what these people were so troubled 
about. 

Placing myself directly behind a woman who 
was walking with great rapidity, I hurried along 
until we came very near the grinding sound. 
Here I - witnessed the most harrowing scene I 
ever imagined. 

At the top of a staircase there were five or 
six revolving stairs. Each held stationary - boxes, 
the length of a coffin. Any person stepping into 
one. easily sank Into its depths and with a terrific 
crash was borne to a certain death. 

Round and round went these "stairs of tor- 
ture" with seeming devilish glee, carrying or 
hurling precious souls into the abyss below. 

I stood perfectly aghast to see the poor, sor- 
rowing. demented woman step onto this upper 
staircase, and with uplifted hands and a final 
heart-breaking scream she disappeared from my 
sight forever. 

Then a man followed her— after him a boy in 
his early manhood. 

The anguish of mind which I suffered was so 
Intense that I cried out, as had done the others, 
"Oh! Is this death?” Must I place myself on 
that horrible btaircase and suffer the penalty of 


my sins? Is this the utter going out of life? 
Can I find deliverance? Can I escape? 

Suddenly I felt a little hand catch mine, and 
a divine, childish face looked up smilingly to 
give me courage. 

Was it the Christ-child who bad penetrated 
into this awful "chamber of horrors" to reach out 
and save any one who called for safety unto 
him? “Blessed Jesus, thou wilt save me!" I 
rejoiced to exclaim. 

With a power unseen but felt, and by super- 
human effort I was dragged away from the sup- 
posed certain doom and carried to a place of 
safety. Surely, "A little child had led me.” 

A sudden gust of wind tore loose a window 
shutter from its fastening, and the banging 
sound came as a welcome note, ; for I awoke to 
the blessed consciousness, "it was only a dream.” 
But what a dream! And what meaning could it 
have? The lesson of "hurrying feet” toward a 
certain doom spoke of heedless, Christless men 
and women. With this awful picture still before 
me I thought ,ot our personal responsibility. 

What are we doing to arrest the steps of 
human souls? 

Daily accounts of murders and suicides are 
read and forgotten. 

These cold facts we cannot ignore, but we 
certainly should hold out as a beacon of light 
and truth the blessed promise, "Whosoever com- 
eth unto me I will in no wise cast out 


For the Herald of Truth. 
HOW GOD ANSWERS PRAYER-. 


By (Mrs.) S. Roxana Wince. 



Men may scoff at the idea that the great Cre- 
ator of the universe could or would stoop to listen, 
much less answer the millions of petitions that 
ascend to him dally; so.me of these, and per- 
chance tho great majority of them, referring to 
what to" him would seem very trilling matters. 

They reason that having a multitude of worlds 
under his control, beside this Insignificant planet 
of ours, all peopled with myriads of sentient 
beings, looking to him for guidance and help in 
their daily lives, such a thing would be impos- 
sible. 

And yet, an earthly ruler answers the prayers 
of his people, though myriads of petitions may 
come daily to him. If he be a good, beneficent 
ruler, he Is touched by whatever causes suffering, 
or poverty, or sickness, or death among them. 
How does he hear and answer their prayers? He 
is only a finite being, with small Intellectual 
capacities, compared with those of God; and yet, 
somehow, he accomplishes the work — in a poor 
way i>erhaps — but in a manner that secures the 
love and gratitude of his subjects. 

He has helpers, men that work under him and 
carry out his plans To one of these is sent a 
dispatch to do so and so for a burned-out town; 
to another, the money to help the victims of a 
flood, or of a volcanic eruption. Has God any 
the less power at his command? Has he not 
also his helpers and messengers and the means 
of sending dispatches to the children of earth? 
Even the Pope of Rome is counted almost omnip- 
otent because of his ability to see all over the 
earth through the confessional. -Yet he does not 
himself see and know what Is going on; the 
sight and knowledge come to him through the 
priests and bishops of the church. So, though 
the Pope 'be but a usurper of God’s throne on 
earth, the machinery that he uses may serve us 
to understand In some faint measure how the 
great Creator is all-seeing— he sees, not only with 
his own natural eyes, but also through his 
agents, and hears also in the same omnipotent 
way. ’ 

And if a president or king, whom we have 
never seen, can hear and answer even an in- 
dividual request, pannot God who has all the re- 
sources of the universe at his command? 

But you say. How can he? How does he? 
Stop and think a moment. Have you ever heard 





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of mind readers? of mind telepathy? of wireless 
telegraphy? Prayer and answers to prayer are 
easily explainable on these scientific grounds. 
God and his agents are mind readers. They 
know our most secret thoughts. We think a 
prayer, and that prayer goes to God by mind 
telepathy, just as our thoughts often go to our 
friends. We pray audibly, with sincere desire to 
have what we ask, and the wireless telegraph of 
our God and Father carries that prayer up -to 
the throne. 

A missionary in India sent to Mrs. H. B. Has- 
tings of Boston for anti-infidel literature to use 
in combatting the growing infidel sentiment of 
that country. He did not know anything about 
the writer of this article, nor did I know of him, 
but just before his letter reached Mrs. Hastings 
she wrote to me asking for aid in the work of 
circulating anti-infidel books and tracts. I was 
impressed at once to send her five dollars. When 
it reached her, the India letter had arrived and 
the sum sent was just the needed amount! Any 
accident about that? It most solemnly impressed 
me. God knew of India’s need. That faithful 
soldier of his had looked to him to supply the 
money for the tracts, while he was inditing his 
letter to Boston. Instantly a wireless dispatch 
was sent to Mrs. Hastings to write to me for help, 
and another was also sent to me to give the 
needed sum. It is as simple and beautiful as 
A-B-C, put into affectionate language. 

O wonderful prayer! Wonderful way whereby 
we can move to pity and compassion even the 
One seated on tlifc throne that is above all 
thrones! What a high privilege to be allowed 
thus to come into the very presence of the 
greatest and most august Being in all the wide 
circle of the heavens, and not only to be allowed 
to come, but also to have the assurance that our 
petitions should be granted if presented in the 
name of our great High Priest and Savior, Jesus. 

Princeton, Ind. 


(Continued from page 5.) 

Amos 4. last part of verse 12. The last speaker 
especially emphasized the thought that every one 
must at last meet his God, and well will it be 
with him who meets him In his lifetime, be- 
comes acquainted with him and learns to know 
him; he may at last meet him as his friend and 
not as a judge. Then he read Rev. 14:13, which 
met especially the condition of the departed. Be- 
fore the casket the hymn in No. 66 "Silber- 
klaongo” was sung. Then we went with the 
corpse' to the graveyard. The procession con- 
sisted of 126 conveyances. At the grave was 


herald ow truth. 

sung the hymn No. 74 “Ev. Lieder, ’ and Mein 
hlmmlisch Raus ist schoen und klar” (My heav- 
enly home is bright and fair). Then Bro. John 
L. Wipf spoke further on the text of Bro. Unruh 
(Rev. 14:13) and presented the thought that only 
those may rest from their labors who have faith- 
. fully done their work for the Lord while here on 
earth. After an earnest prayer the large con- 
course of people departed to their homes, and we 
all felt to return our sincere thanks to all who 
participated with us in these sad services. 

FREDERIC AND HELENA DIRKS. 

Dear Friends: — We, the only three children of 
Peter Becker still living, desire to heartily thank 
you, our friends in Kansas and Oklahoma, where 
we have visited, for the love you have manifested 
toward us and the labor and care you have had 
with us while we were with you. I, Cornelius, 
greet you with the greeting of Jesus, Watch, for 
ye know not when the Lord cometh.” Eva also 
sends you her sincere greeting and desires that 
you may remember us in your prayers. Helena 
also greets you. Let us all watch and pray that 
we may not come short or fail of obtaining the 
blessed promise of entering into his rest. 

CORNELIUS P. BECKER. 

Marion Junction, S. D., R. F. D. No. 3. 


MARRIED. 

Kreider — Keener. — On the 18th of Dec., 1907, in 
Lancaster Co., Pa., by Bish. Isaac Eby, at the 
home of the bride’s parents, Tobias G. Kreider 
of Bird-in-Hand and Mary Keener of Strasburg, 
all of the above named county and state. 

Stahly— Wise.— On Dec. 21, 1907, at the home 
of the officiating clergyman, Henry McGowen, 
three-quarters of a mile west of Nappanee, Ind., 
Vernon E. Stahly and Grace Wise were united in 
marriage. The young people will reside on the 
Stahly parental farm. God bless them. 


DEATHS. 

Landis.— On Dec. 21, 1907, in Lancaster Co.. 
Pa., Benjamin L. Landis, aged 68 years. He was 
a member of the Mennonite church. He is sur- 
vived by his wife and four children, also two 
brothers. Buried on the 25th at Mellinger’s M. H. 

Eash. — Sister Fannie, wife of Bro. Em. Flash, 
died at her home near Holsopple, Pa., Dec. 10. 
1907; aged 76 Y., 8 M., 11 D. She was a member 
of the Mennonite church for many years. She 
had a paralytic stroke about five weeks before 
sbe died; she suffered a great deal through her 
sickness, but we believe she is now resting free 
from all sorrow and pain. Funeral on the 12th 
at the Blough M. H. Services were conducted by 
S. D. Yoder, Simon Layman and Samuel Gindles- 
perger. Her descendants were 11 children, five 
living: 38 grandchildren, 33 living; 23 great-grand- 
children, 20 of whom are living. She is also sur- 
vived by her husband and many relatives and 
friends. Peace to her ashes. 

Leatherman. — John Leatherman was born Oct. 
8. 1828, in Bucks Co., Pa. Being left fatherless at 
an early age, he moved with his mother to Medina 
Co., Ohio, where he spent his boyhood. When a 
young man, he started west to find a home and 
located in Elkhart Co., Ind., which was then a 
thickly wooded country. He settled on a farm 
on the banks of Yellow Creek, at what is now 
known as Harrison Center in Harrison township. 
Here he erected a saw-mill, harnessing the waters 
of the creek to supply the power, and there are 
still many landmarks in the vicinity that are 
mute evidences of his rigorous pioneer efforts, 
prominent among which is the Old Yellow Creek 
Mennonite meeting-house, of which denomination 
he has been for many years a faithful and devoted 
member. In 1866 he, with his family, moved to 
Gaines Twp., Kent Co., Mich., where he has since 
resided. His faithful companion in life, Sister 
Mary Moyer, preceded him in death a few years 
ago. Ten children were born to them, of whom 
five sons and two daughters survive. The de- 
ceased leaves a large circle of relatives and 
friends to mourn his departure. He died of 
paralysis, of which he suffered about two weeks, 
on Dec. 16, 1907, at the ripe age of 79 Y., 2 M., 
8 D., and was buried at the Gaines U. B. meeting- 
house on the 19th of December. Peace to his 
ashes. 


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editorial notes. 


The Herald of Truth has entered upon its forty- 
fifth year. 

* 

“Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty 
spirit before a fall.”— [Solomon.] 

* 

The Hostetler families are about publishing a 
family history. The friends of the cause have 
been gathering material for that purpose for some 
time. 

* 

One of our exchanges says editorially, Hunt- 
ing for sympathy is poor business. Better cheer 
up and look around for some one whom a kind 
word from you will cheer and inspire with noble 
resolves.” 

* 

The Salvation Army of Elkhart fed 194 poor 
people at a Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. 
and sent out forty-one Christmas baskets, de- 
signed for small families who could not come to 
the dinner. They are doing a good work. 

* 

The Publication Committee, as previously an 
nounced, meets on the 8th of January to consider 
and take further steps in the project of church 
ownership and church control of its publication 
interests. We are anxiously awaiting the results 
of this meeting. 

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A number of articles are waiting their turn ot 
publication in the coming issues of the Herald. 
We are thankful to our contributors and corre- 
spondents for their helpful articles. We are espe- 
cially thankful for the contributions from India, 
and we hope there will be a generous response 
from many hearts to help the work there. 

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We have a letter from Dutton, Mich., referring 
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price or incurring loss. We regret the loss of this 
excellent paper from our list of exchanges, l>ut 
the publishers have no doubt chosen the best 
course. 

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The First Day of the Year 1908. — The first day 
of the year was to us a day of blessing. In the 
duties before us it differed very little from other 
days. It broke in upon us pleasantly with a 
moderate temperature and the sun rose in a clear 
sky and its bright beams shone out with radiant 
warmth that everybody seemed to enjoy. We 
were at our office at the usual time and at our 
usual work, preparing articles for the Herald, and 
when the carrier brought our mail we had several 
good correspondences and articles which we know 
our readers will enjoy. The several letters from 
India are certainly interesting to all, and the 
article by J. S. Shoemaker regarding the mission 
in India is one that appeals to all whose hearts 
go out in love for the perishing heathen who have 
never heard of Christ and the great salvation. 
In the evening we had a meeting to arrange our 
Sunday school work for the year, arrange classes 
and appoint teachers, etc. Thus we spent New 
Year’s Day of 1908. May the Lord give us and 
all the readers of the Herald a year of usefulness 
and blessing. 

* 

The spirit of the gospel is love, righteousness 
and truth. The apostle says, “Now abldeth faith, 
hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of 
these is charity.” The Savior also speaks on 
this same subject when he says, “By this shall 
all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have 
love for one another.” The apostle John gives 
us a very pointed explanation on the force of 
ibis beautiful qualification of Christian character 
when he sayB, “We know that we have passed 
from death unto life, because we love the breth- 
ren; he that loveth not his brother abideth in 
death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a mur- 
derer, and we know that no murderer hath eternal 
life abiding in him.” “Hereby perceive we the 
love of God. because he laid down his life for us, 
and we ought to lay down our lives for the 
brethren.” Does our love to God prompt us to 
a love like this? If not, then are we not yet per- 
fect and need more grace, more zeal, more devo- 
tion and more consecration, and a larger measure 
of self-denial. When love predominates in the 
Christian soul, righteousness and truth, which 
are concomitant characteristics in the Christian 
life will find their place in the heart, and the 
three will embrace all the needed virtues to make 
the Christian’s life beautiful and divine. 

* 

Humility.— The subject of humility is one thal 
demands a careful study if we would profit by it 


to the life of Christ and its practical manifesta- 
tion In the life of the Savior, says; “Humility is 
divine. It Is true, a wise man has contemptuously 
said, ‘Humility Is the courage to serve’; but un- 
consciously he has uttered the truth; It is the 
highest, the only courage. That it costs a great 
deal to possess a little of it, that in spite of all 
endeavors we often cannot attain to Ails virtue, 
are signs that it is sublime. God is humble. He 
causes his sun to shine over the wicked, who 
curse and deride him. He cares for them, gives 
them to eat and to drink, waits patiently for their 
conversions and serves them though they despise 
him by day and by night.” 

But thanks and praises be to Him (Jesus) ! 
He endured. He humbled himself and became 
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross 
(Phil. 2:8), and came forth from the struggle, on 
the one hand, it is true, with the touching cry, “My 
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Why 
hast thou left me alone in this hour? But also 
with the cry of victory, “It is finished.” * * * * 
Men and angels sing the new song of the Car- 
penter’s Son on the cross because he was found 
worthy, through his deep humiliation, to take the 
book of life and loose the seals with which Satan 
had secured it. 

Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the 
Root of David hath prevailed. Thou wast slain 
and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out 
of every kindred and tongue and people and 
nation; and hast made us unto our God kings 
and priests, and we shall reign on earth. Ah! 
let us contemplate with solemn adoration the 
mystery of our Savior # s humiliation. F. 


PERSONAL MENTION. 


Bro. J. S. Lehman made his appearance in Elk- 
hart altogether unexpected, on New Year's day. 
He came on business. 

Bro. Henry Weldy of the Holdeman eongrega- 
tion will fill the appointment at Barker Street. 
Cass Co., Mich., on Sunday, Jan. 12. 

Pre. Jonas Loucks of near Wakarusa, IniL. who 
has been down with smallpox for two weeks or 
more, has fully recovered front the effects of his 
sickness. - 

Bro. Aldus Brackbill. who recently came from 
Lancaster. Pa., to Kent Co.. Mich., writes us that 
his address for the present Is Alto. Mich., care of 
C. Hoffman. 

Bro. J. M. Eby, recently of Shellburg. Pa., has 
moved with his family to Norfolk Co., Va. We 
hope he will find a pleasant home with the 
brotherhood in that vicinity. 

Bro. E. J. Zook of Goshen, in company with two 
ot' his nephews from Ohio, visited Elkhart on 
the last day of the year. They enjoyed a look 
through the Publishing House. 


Rundschau and our other periodicals are coming 
in at a truly encouraging rate. We feel«Ao thank 
all our patrons and friends for their kind and 
generous support of our periodicals and shall be 
glad to receive many additional names to our list. 
* 

Discontinued.— The Mount Joy Herald, a weekly 
newspaper, published at Mount Joy, Lancaster Co., 
Pa., announces in its issue of Dec. 28 that the 
paper, which has been published since 1854, will 
be discontinued. On account of the advanced 
cost of production and the rapid Increase of job 
work in the office, the publishers say they could 


and prove the blessings it has in store for those 
whose lives are adorned with its heavenly glory. 
But many who loudly profess their Christian call- 
ing and devotion are greatly averse to taking it 
up and submitting themselves to the self-denying 
and self-restraining practices it requires. Human 
nature and human inclinations shrink from these. 
A life of ease and self-indulgence is much more 
agreeable to the fleBh and appears so much more 
pleasant that men and women are not only 
averse to studying Its virtues and enjoyments, but 
are much more averse to practicing it. 

Bettex, speaking of this subject as referring 


Pre. H. G. Allebach, former editor of “The Men 
nonlte." has accepted a position as teacher of 
modern languages in the military institute at 
Millersburg. Ky.— [The Mennonite.l 

Bro. Harvey Friesner of Vistula, Ind,, will, 
providence permitting, fill the regular appoint- 
ment in the Pretty Prairie meeting-house in La- 
grange Co., ind., oil Sunday, Jan. 19. 

Pre. Cleophas Amstutz and a number of others 
of the Sonnenberg congregation in Wayne Co.. 
Ohio, attended the funeral of Sister Catharine 
Lehman in Canton on Sunday, Dec. 29. 


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January 9, 



Bish. Eli Borntrager of North Dakota has been 

visiting the A. M. congregation in Dawson Co., 
Montana, recently; he held meetings with the 
brotherhood there and also joined in marriage 
two couples. He returned to his home about 
Dec. 20. 

Bro. John H. Moseman of Lancaster City, Pa., 
returned to his home on Jan. 1, from a trip to 
Lebanon county, where he had conducted a series 
of meetings which resulted in two confessions. 
The Lord bless the efforts of all our brethren in 
this direction. 

Sister Catharine Lehman, a member of the Old 
Sonnenberg Swiss Mennonite congregation, died 
and was buried on Sunday, Dec. 29, 1907, in Can- 
ton, Ohio. One son and several grandchildren 
survive her. She was seventy-eight years and six 
months of age. 

Bro. Elias Kolb and wife and little daughter 
Mary Elizabeth, who have been making a two- 
weeks’ visit with the friends in Elkhart, especially 
with Bro. Kolb’s two brothers, A. B. and A. C. 
Kolb, returned home on Jan. 2, 1908. They en- 
joyed their visit. 

Bish. S. F. Coffman of Vineland, Ont., who spent 
several days in teaching in the Special Bible 
Course at Goshen College last week, was called 
home on Tuesday to officiate at the funeral of one 
of the sisters in his home congregation. He left 
for home on Tuesday evening. 

Bish. Daniel Kauffman of Versailles, Mo., at- 
tended a Bible conference during the latter part 
of December, 1907, in the Haw Patch A. M. con- 
gregation near Topeka, Ind., and at the present 
writing he is engaged in the same work in the 
congregation at Goshen, Ind. 

Pre. John A. Sprunger of Birmingham, Ohio, 
who for many years has been engaged in orphan 
homes and other lines of missionary work, has 
had an attack of paralysis, from which he has 
suffered several months. He is improving very 
slowly and his recovery seems doubtful. 

Pre. Jacob Quiring, who came from Russia sev- 
eral years ago and has become well known among 
the Mennonite people of this country, especially 
among the German Mennonites of the West and 
Northwest, as an earnest and zealous evangelist, 
is expected to hold a number of meetings with 
the Swiss congregations in Putnam Co., Ohio, 
during the month of January. 

Bro. C. H. Smith, who is becoming well known 
as a Mennonite church historian, is at present 
teaching history in the Manual Training High 
School at Indianapolis. Ind. He spent a few days 
at Goshen, Ind., where he delivered a lecture at 
the C oll e ge on the 1st of January — He expects 
to have his History of the Mennonites in America 
in print, in due time, and it promises to be a work 
of especial merit. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

WHAT WILL WE DO FOR INDIA? 

We are in receipt of a letter (dated Nov. 27, 
1907). written by Bro. J. A. Ressler, superin- 
tendent of the American Mennonite Mission, 
Dhamtari, India. The same has caused us to do 
some serious thinking, and with a burdened heart 
the writer is constrained to ask the question 
heading this article. With reluctance we have 
been making occasional appeals for means and 
workers to help carry on the Lord’s work in 
India; a number of congregations and individuals 
have rsponded nobly to these appeals, for which 
we are very grateful, but many who are sur- 
rounded with an abundance of this world’s goods 
have been slow to contribute to the noble work 
opened up in India. Not only were we led to 
ask the question, “What will we do for India?” 
hut a number of other questions passed through 
our mind, such as the following: Have we really 
been burdened for India? Are we really desirous 
that the lost in India be saved? What am I 
willing to do for the loBt in India? What would 
l do if some of my own family were in India and 


HEliALD OF TRUTH. 

living in heathen darkness? Have I been making 
real self-denials in giving for the work among 
the heathen? Have I been giving as “the Lord 
has prospered”? How does my giving compare 
with that of the poor widow who gave but two 
mites? Is my Lord pleased with what I am giv- 
ing? Can my Lord say of me as he did of Mary, 
“She (or he) hath done what she (or he) could”? 
We feel that if we ask ourselves these or similar 
questions in the spirit of prayer, we will be con- 
strained by true love for our Master and the lost 
in India to give both cheerfully and liberally to 
support the work of the Master beyond the At- 
lantic. 

As an incentive to prompt the brotherhood in 
general to act promptly in lending a helping hand, 
we shall quote from Bro. Kessler’s letter. In 
referring to their present needs, he says: “Our 
dear people do not understand the situation in 
India. * * * There are still 350 or more orphans 
dependent on us. What shall we do with them? 
Self-support! People who talk of that, simply 
don’t know. Wonderful strides have been made 
in this direction, but we must remember the aw- 
ful depths from which these children have been 
lifted.” 

The needs of the various home stations have 
been enlisting our attention and to some degree 
this has cut India's support short. In reference 
to the opening and supporting of other mission 
stations, Bro. Ressler says: “When folks at home 
talk about the many institutions in America that 
take money and attention, and almost, if not quite, 
urge that as a reason for withholding funds and 
even workers from India — then is when we have 
to hold on tight to ourselves to keep calm and 
kind in what we say. Can’t we learn to do well 
what we do do and leave the rest?” 

In reference to the efforts put forth on the part 
of the workers, their willingness to work, and 
the management of the work, Bro. Ressler has 
the following to say: “The fact of the matter is 
that from the time we landed at Dhamtari eight 
years and three days ago to-day to the present 
time it has been a mere struggle to keep our 
heads above water in the work that just must 
be done if we are going to be worthy of the 
name of missionaries. One time when the need 
of workers was especially keen and we were all 
praying earnestly that the Lord of the harvest 
might send some forth, Mary Burkhard said, 
‘Well, if it takes the sacrifice of some of our 
lives to awaken the people at home 1 am willing 
to be the sacrifice.' She was not asked to give 
her own life, but her husband’s. When the wave 
of feeling swept over the church on the news of 
his death I have no doubt that many resolved 
— that' they would Tiot allow such a condition to 
occur again. But in one short year the effect has 
worn off and — . O brother, let us pray that the 
response may come before there is another such 
a sacrifice! Lina said this morning, ‘We are will- 
ing to hold on as long as we can, but we can't 
last all the time; then who is to take our places?’ 

"I have turned the searchlight inward and to- 
ward Dhamtari to see a cause for the present 
condition. I am sure of some that are willing to 
do anything or to be anything that the work may 
go on. I think the most of the workers are so 
willing. In fact, I think they all are. And so 
far I have not seen anything that I could change, 
except that we need more earnest and conse- 
crated praying and devotion to God. There may 
be some money used where it might be less use- 
ful than in some other places, but I think we can 
still say that there is a fair amount of results 
to show for the expenditure. 

“I must say yet in so many words, what has 
already appeared by inference, that to advocate 
a new mission in South America * * * while Chi- 
cago and Philadelphia Home Missions, Ft. Wayne 
Mission, and the American Mennonite Mission are 
suffering as they are for workers and in some 
cases for means, is WRONG- — wrong, not to us 
as individuals, but to the work, and to the Lord 
of the work who has so signally blessed this 
and other missions.” 


In the foregoing sentences Bro. Ressler has 
poured out the burden of his heart, with the 
earnest expectation that the brotherhood in the 
homeland will not allow the work 1 - India to con- 
tinue to suffer for want of means and workers. 
May each reader be inspired to act cheerfully 
and promptly in responding to the “Macedonian 
Cry” by giving liberally for the support of the 
Master’s work in India. 

Yours for the extension of His kingdom, 

J. S. SHOEMAKER, 

Sec’y M. B. of M. & C. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

EVILS THREATENING THE CHURCH AND 
HOW TO COUNTERACT THEM. 

By S. G. Shetler. 

IV. 

10. Philosophy. — Paul warned the Colossian 
brethren by saying, “Beware lest any man spoil 
you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the 
tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, 
and not after Christ” (Col. 2:8). The same warn- 
ing is as necessary to-day as it was in the days 
of Paul. 

The number thus spoiled has so far been small, 
but is gradually increasing. 

Space will hardly permit us to cite the readers 
to some living examples, but will give one. 

A young brother (?) took exception to the plain 
Word on some Bible doctrine. When asked his 
reason, he remarked that he wants a philosoph- 
ical reason for everything that he believes. When 
he was asked to give a philosophical reason for 
having a gold ring on his hand, he blushed, but 
gave no reason. A number have had trouble with 
the creation as recorded in Genesis, because they 
thought it did not harmonize with science. 

Just lately we found one of our preachers who 
has trouble with the devotional covering, because 
he found it taught different in some history. 

How easy for a carnal-minded man to believe 
history, philosophy, etc., rather than the sure 
word of God! 

The error is found in the fact that such persons 
attempt to strengthen certain portions and dis- 
card other portions of the Bible by the use of 
vain philosophy. The proper method is to either 
strengthen or discard certain portions of philos- 
ophy, history, science, etc., by the use of the 
Bible. 

11. Erroneous Education. — I hope that each 
one will notice that it is the erroneous education 
that we wish to note. Let me cite you a few 
examples. Recently one of the professors in one 
of the leading colleges said that a word has been 
omitted in the Scripture, “All Scripture is given 
by inspiration.” He says it should read, “All 
Scripture that is given by inspiration.” How well 
the latter would suit some people! They can then 
say certain portions of the Bible may be set aside. 

The so-called “divinity professors” of the Uni- 
versity of Chicago have joined the number men- 
tioned in 2 Pet. 3:3. Here are a few of their 
quotations on the second coming of Christ: 
"These doctrines are of a purely speculative 
and imaginative character and intended only to 
illustrate processes in the development of the 
world. 

“In the large circles of Christian thought the 
old eschatalogy is gone, probably never to return 
“The apostle Paul looked for an appearance of 
Jesus in the clouds of heaven, and was not with- 
out hope in the early years of his missionary 
activity that this return might come within his 
own lifetime. 

“It must be an ever-diminishing circle of Chris- 
tians whose faith will find nourishment and in- 
spiration in looking for the fulfilment in their 
day of the hopes which history has long since 
shown the early church to have mistakenly cher- 
ished.” 

By these quotations it will be noticed that they 
have boldly stepped out against the second com- 
ing of Christ. Is it any wonder that many of 




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1908. 

cur children have been lost to the faith when 
under the instruction of such men for several 
years ? 

A number of other similar examples might be 
given, but I trust these will suffice to show the 
great danger threatening the church from an edu- 
cational standpoint. 

Twenty-three Mennonite boys are in one school 
where an erroneous doctrine is taught. Will these 
twenty-three all be able to “prove all things and 
hold fast that which is good?” Talk with some 
of them after they have completed their course, 
and you are soon convinced that our church has 
for years tried to stay the erring current by fruit- 
lessly keeping out of school, instead of giving 
them good schools, controlled by the church, and 
in which only Bible Mennonites have taught. 

12. Waste of Energy. — A great infidel said 
just before dying, “If I could just undo the done!” 
All his energy was wasted. All kind of wasted 
energy threatening the church is like this. Some 
one is in doubt or against some principle upheld 
by the church, and uses his energy against such 
a principle. Afterwards he sees that the church 
is stronger and more influential by upholding the 
said principle, and he is convinced that he is in 
the wrong. 

What shall he do now? The best thing he can 
do is to turn his energy strictly opposite of what 
it had been. 

How long will it be until an individual learns 
that it is unwise to waste his energy in opposing 
a general body of strong believers? 

A number of instances could be cited where 
some of our ablest and most active brethren once 
opposed certain things that they now strongly 
advocate. 


For the Herald of Truth. 
NOTES BY THE WAY. 


By E. S. Hallman. 


On Nov. 13 I left my home at Cressman and 
boarded the train at Humbolt, in company with 
Pre. Isaiah Rosenberger. The next day we arrived 
in Winnipeg, where we parted, Bro. Rosenberger 
taking the C. P. R. route, north of Lake Superior, 
via Toronto, to his home, while I -bought a ticket 
via St. Paul for Chicago. 

At Chicago. — I arrived at the Home Mission at 
10 o’clock in the evening. The mission workers 
and some visitors had just returned from a trip 
on the gospel wagon. They all seemed to ap- 
preciate this way of bringing the gospel to the 
people and have faith that this is an effectual 
way in saving the lost. The next evening Bro. 
Leaman took us to the Pacific Garden Mission 
on Van Buren street. Bro. Leaman has had 
charge of the Saturday evening appointments for 
several months. This evening he asked the writer 
to preach the Word. City mission meetings are 
somewhat different to a quiet country meeting. 
A great work is being done in plucking brands 
from the burning. The next day, Sunday, we 
met for worship at the Home Mission. Before 
the service opened, two young sisters made a con- 
fession for wearing hats, whereby they had 
grieved the church. After the service five ap- 
plicants were baptized and received into the 
church. Among them were a few notable drunk- 
ards saved by the power of God. Bro. A. D. Mar- 
tin of Scottdale, Pa., preached the baptismal ser- 
mon, Bish. John Nice officiating. In the after- 
noon the visiting workers were distributed among 
our three mission Sunday schools. In the evening 
communion services were held. Bro. J. F. Brunk 
of La Junta, Colo., preached the Word. The fol- 
lowing day the mission workers and visitors left 
for the Kokomo conferences. Bro. A. D. Martin 
and the writer spent the day in the city, attending 
to some business, and left on the night train. 

The General Conference. — This being the fifth 
General Conference of our branch of the Menno- 
nite church in America, was also the largest in 
attendance. It was spiritually uplifting to meet 
so many earnest workers in Christ’s vineyaird. 


HJKIrUVJLi) OF TRUTH 

It was a busy scene all through. The enlarged 
house of worship was filled to overflowing, and 
in a few instances other meetings were being 
held. With the volume of work done at the con- 
ference, several important meetings held by com- 
mittees of the various church institutions, and the 
peace prevailing, made it all a blessed event; we 
realized also that in the multitude of counselors 
there is safety. The mission meeting on Tuesday 
was an inspiring day to all present. The mission 
sermon, earnest talks by city missionaries, super- 
intendents from charitable institutions, returned 
foreign missionaries, were all profitable. The two- 
uays General Conference work has already been 
ably given by the secretaries in our church pa- 
pers. Two marked features, however, which 
caused “our hearts to bum” were earnestly 
brought before us in the conference sermon, testi- 
monies and several addresses, which were “the 
unification of the believers in the separation from 
the sins of the world” and “spiritual life and 
power.” The various channels of church work 
seem well organized and we pray that the Holy 
Spirit may guide the hearts and lives of those 
unto whom the church has placed such sacred 
trust. All these institutions are worthy and 
need the prayers and support of the church. 

Berlin, Ontario. — On Saturday morning I left 
Peru, Ind., and arrived at Berlin the same even- 
ing. My familiar route from Preston to Berlin, on 
the electric road, seemed quite natural, but this 
time there was no home and family to welcome 
me, as we moved to the Canadian Northwest 
nearly two years ago. I spent nine days in Ber- 
lin and vicinity, attending to my affairs and visit- 
ing relatives and friends. I spent the two Sun- 
days at the Cressman, Berlin and Waterloo 
churches. The second Sunday the solemn rite 
of the ordination services was conferred upon 
your humble servant. I ask you to pray for me 
that I may be faithful in this trust of the Lord 
and the churches in this sacred office. 

Scottdale, Pa. — On my way to Scottdale I 
stopped off at Jordan, visiting a few hours with 
Bro. S. F. Coffman at Bro. Wm. Fretz's fruit farm. 
Here I also met Bro. and Sister Ezra Rittenhouse 
and other familiar faces at Bro. Fretz’s canning 
industry. I left on the evening train and arrived 
at Rochester the same night, visited with my 
brother Joseph one day and took the next even- 
ing's train for Scottdale, arriving there Friday 
noon and remaining with the brethren three and 
a half days. Most of my time was spent on writ- 
ing the constitution and by-laws of the new 
publication institution. I also spent some time 
in the Gospel Witness office and press-rooms, be- 
sides making arrangements with Bro. A. D. Martin 
In the new clothing business we desire to launch 
soon in the fear of the Lord. I greatly enjoyed 
the Sunday services. Three preaching services, 
two Sunday schools and young people’s meeting 
make the day busy for the laborers, and I believe 
it is profitably spent. 

Goshen, Ind. — Leaving Scottdale Monday even- 
ing and traveling all night, I landed in Goshen 
the following forenoon; This was my first visit 
to Goshen since the College was built, and of 
course it made its impressions. The College is 
a large, plain building, built of red brick. On 
either side of the walk facing the street are two 
fair-sized buildings, the boys’ and girls’ dormi- 
tories. The faculty seem to have the work at 
heart, and while they aim in preparing students 
for the teaching profession, commercial work, etc., 
they do not neglect in bringing to such students 
who desire a life of service for the Master such 
preparation and helps by the aid of consecrated 
workers in our church in indoctrinating them In 
the teachings of the Word. They feel themselves 
keenly sensible of not accomplishing what they 
would yet like to see, but rejoice in the life work 
of the many former students whose lives are 
given to Christ and the church. Bro. I. R. Det- 
weiler asked me to take his classes on Bible 
doctrines at the Special Bible Study In my three 
days’ stay there during his absence at the Free- 
port Bible Conference. 


Elkhart, Ind. — During my stay at Elkhart I 
spent most of my time in the office of the Menno- 
nite Publishing Co. with the brethren John F. 
Funk and A. B. Kolb, looking over the list of the 
Inventory of stock as proposed by them for sale 
to the committee of the new publisning board. 
Mr. Bell, the manager, showed me through the 
plant and stock-rooms. They have many books 
which are worthy of a place in the homes of the 
families of the Mennonite church. Since the com- 
mittee has not yet agreed to accept their proposi- 
tion, I hope that by the time the board is properly 
organized definite steps can be taken to consum- 
mate this matter of the church controlling her 
publishing interests. 

Freeport, III.— On my way to Freeport I spent 
one day in Chicago and arrived at the home of 
Bro. J. S. Shoemaker Saturday afternoon. The 
same evening the closing subject of the Bible 
conference was given by Bro. L. J. Miller. Bro. 
I. R. Detweiler hart just left for Goshen. The 
Bible conference conducted by these brethren was 
edifying. Several visitors were in attendance. I 
spent the Lord’s day with the brethren at this 
place, enjoying myself to be among a spiritual 
people. The next day was spent all day in the 
home of Bro. J. S. Shoemaker, talking over the 
publishing interests of the church. We could not 
see what more can be done for the present but 
to receive assistance and advice until the new 
publication board is officially organized. 

Cressman, Sask. — After over five weeks’ ab- 
sence I arrived home safely, for which I am 
grateful to the Lord. To make train connections, 
I spent one day in St Paul and one day in Winni- 
peg. Then I took the train for the West, 430 
miles west of Winnipeg. We are all well here, 
with the exception of Bro. Menno Hunsberger. 
who has been sick for several weeks. We ask an 
interest in your prayers for the healing of his 
bodily afflictions. We should be glad to have 
more settlers move into the Canadian Northwest. 
We believe we have a good country and an agree- 
able climate. We have brethren in several local- 
ities, such as in High River, Carstairs. Mayton. 
Stettler and Spruce Grove in Alberta, and Herbert 
and Cressman in Saskatchewan. May God’s name 
be glorified in our bodies and in our souls, which 
are His. May we be blessed of God to be a 
blessing and saved to serve. 

Cressman, Sask. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

ROMANS 8:10. 


“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead be- 
cause of sin, but the spirit is life because or 
righteousness." 

Christ Tivetli notin a temple subject unto sin, 
but man is naturally sinful; the imagination of 
his heart is evil from his youth up, and prone to 
evil. He is inclined to sin, and walks after the 
flesh, fulfilling the lusts thereof. In this state, 
man is spiritually dead, therefore Christ will not 
live and reign in him because of sin. Therefore 
the natural man, the body of sin, must be cruci- 
fied and put off. as the apostle says — “Put off the 
former conversation, the old man, which is cor- 
rupt according to the deceitful lusts, and crucify 
the body together with the lusts thereof.” If a 
man, therefore, desires to serve God. he can no 
longer live in the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of 
the eye and the pride of life, which are not from 
God, but from the world, and the world shall 
perish with the lusts thereof, but he that doeth 
the will of God remaineth in eternity. He must 
depart from sin, cease to do evil and learn to do 
well. He must do more than this: he must 
acknowledge his sins, confess them before God 
and feel a godly sorrow for them. When he has 
done this, which can only be done through the 
grace of God, then there is a hope that Christ 
will dwell in his heart and abide with him. and 
with his good Spirit direct him in all his ways, 
even unto the end, and finally receive him to him- 
self In tihe glorious rest above, where sin and 
death cannot come. 





HERALD OF TRUTH 


January 9, 


TIDINGS from the CHURCH AT HOME AND ABROAD 


FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

India. — American Mennonite Mission, Dhamtari, 

C. P., India. Stations: Sundarganj, Rudri, 

Leper Asylum, Balodgahan. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

Chicago. — Home Mission, 145 W. 18th Street, Chi- 
cago, 111. A. H. Leaman, Supt. 

Chicago. — Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 
Ave. and 26th Street, Chicago, 111. 

Chicago. — Hoyne Avenue Mission, Cor. 33d Street 
and Hoyne Avenue. 

Toronto, Canada. — Home Mission, 461 King Street, 

E. Toronto. Samuel Honderich, Supt. 

Welsh Mountain. — Welsh Mountain Industrial Mis- 
sion, New Holland, Pa., R. F. D. No. 4. Noah 
H. Mack, Supt 

Philadelphia. — Mennonite Home Mission, Cor. Am- 
ber and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Ft. Wayne. — 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft Wayne, Ind. 

J. M. Hartzler, Supt. 

Lancaster. — 462 Rockland Street, Lancaster, Pa. 
Canton.— Mission Home, 1934 East Eighth Street, , 
Canton, Ohio. P. R. Lantz, Supt. 

Kansas City. — 200 S. Seventh St., Kansas City, 
Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. 

BENEVOLENT AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS. 
Orphans’ Home. — West Liberty, Ohio. A. Metzler, 
Supt 

Old People’s Home. — Marshallville, Ohio, R. F. D. 

J. D. Mininger, Supt 

Old People’s Home. — Orevtlle, Pa. A. K. Dlener, 
Supt. 

La Junta Sanitarium. — La Junta, Colo. D. S. 
Weaver, Supt. 

Martinsburg, Pa., Dec. 31, 1907— Dear Brethren: 
Greetings in His name. We hope you had a real 
spiritual Christmas and wish you a happy New 
Year. We had a Bible conference during Christ- 
mas week. It was well attended. The instructors 
were D. H. Bender and A. D. Wenger. The sub- 
jects were practical and the instructors handled 
them in a very effective way. The visible results 
were marked, the members being strengthened 
and encouraged. Many resolved to live out more 
fully the plain doctrines of the church, by which 
our hearts were gladdened. Sinners were moved 
by the Spirit and led to accept Christ. Eight con- 
fessions were the direct result of the Bible meet- 
ing. We are praying and hoping for others. This 
was indeed a blessed Christmas for the church 

here. COR. 

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Oronogo, Mo., Dec. 26, 1907.— To the Herald 
Readers:— Greeting. On Dec. 11 Bro. David Zook 
of Newton, Kan., came into our midst, remaining 
until the 23d. He preached a number of soul- 
stirring sermons and our little band is much en- 
couraged. On Sunday, Dec. 22, three souls were 
added to the church. Bro. Zook went from here 
to Neutral, Kan. May the Lord bless his efforts 

there. COR. 

* * * 

Larned, Kan., Dec. 26, 1907.— To the Readers 
of the Herald of Truth:— Greeting. On Jan. 12, 
1908, we expect Bro. Jacob Heatwole with us to 
begin a series of meetings. We invite all brethren 
and sisters who may come this way this winter 
to come at that time and help us in the meetings. 
We had Christmas exercises at our meeting-house 
on Christmas evening. We had a good program 
and a full house. J. H. KING. 

* * * 

Newton, Kan., Dec. 26, 1907.— To all Herald 
Readers : -Greeting In Jesus' name. On Sunday, 
Dec. 15, we reorganized our Sunday school for 
the coming year, which is as follows: Superin- 
tendent, Bro. Elmer Hartzler; assistant superin- 
tendent. Bro. Elmer White; secretary and treas- 
urer, Sister Mabel Erb; assistant. Sister Lizzie 
Winey; chorister. Sister Anna Erb. On Christmas 
evening we held our quarterly Sunday school con- 
ference. Conference text, "Neither give heed to 
fables and endless genealogies, which minister 
questions, rather than godly edifying which is 
in faith: so do” (1 Tim. 1:4). We should all 


exercise more patience with each other and be 
more interested in each other’s welfare; we 
should make a special effort to get the children 
interested in the Sunday school, for the children 
of to-day will make the church workers of to 
morrow; then how necessary it is that we train 
them in the way they should go, and how im- 
portant it is that we take care of the small things 
in our Sunday school and the great things will 
take care of themselves. As the new year is 
almost at hand, we should make it our chief aim 
to follow Jesus all the way, and not leave one 
moment unimproved, as time is but a little space. 

I wish you all a happy New Year. COR. 

• • • 

Jet, Oklahoma, Dec. 29, 1908.— A brotherly greet- 
ing to the editors and all God-fearing readers of 
the Herald. We reorganized our Sunday school 
for the coming six months. The election of offi- 
cers resulted as follows: Superintendent, J. K. 

Eash; assistant superintendent, P. J. Zimmer- 
man ; secretary and treasurer, Lizzie Zimmerman ; 
chorister, Alpha Miller; librarian, Fern Bontrager. 

There will be a Bible Normal held at the above 
place, beginning Jan. 20, 1908. The instructors 
are D. D. Miller of Middlebury, Ind., and Andrew 
Shenk of Oronogo, Mo. We extend a cordial in- 
vitation to all who have time and inclination to 
meet with us. Those coming over the Santa Fe 
Railroad will please stop off at JeL Those com- 
ing over the Frisco Line will kindly stop off at 
Goltry. P. J. ZIMMERMAN. 

• * • 

Mifflintown, Pa., Dec. 31, 1907. — Dear Herald 
Readers: — On the last day of 1907 I was made to 
think back over the old year and the few items 
that were in the Herald from this place. I was 
reminded that my father was one of the first to 
take the Herald in this community, and since that 
time father, mother and many others in our com- 
munity have passed away, and the Herald still 
comes to our home. May our dear heavenly 
Father give the needed grace to our aged editor 
that he may still continue on in the good work 
while life lasts. After recounting the blessings 
of the past year (while we have had our trials), 
our blessings far outnumber our trials. Just 
lately we enjoyed a visit in the Delaware, Lost 
Creek and Lauver’s congregations from Pre. Sam- 
uel Oberholtzer and wife of near Elizabethtown, 
Lancaster Co., Pa., and Pre. Simon Garber and 
wife and Pea. Frank L. Peirce and wi fe of 
Rheems, Lancaster county. They came on Satur- 
day, preached at the Delaware M. H. on Saturday 
evening and on Sunday forenoon. On 3unday 
evening Bro. Garber preached at the Lauver M. 
H. and Bro. Oberholtzer at the Lost Creek M. H., 
leaving for their home on Monday. We were glad 
for the visit and bread of life they brought us. 
May our heavenly Father continue to give them 
the needed grace that they may go on preaching 
his Word without fear or favor wherever they go. 

WM. G. SIBBER. 

* • • 

Alto, Mich., Dec. 31, 1907. — On Sunday, Dec. 29, 
Bro. Aldus Brackbill of Bowne, Mich., was or- 
dained to the ministry, Bish. J. K. Bixler officiat- 
ing. Bro. Bixler is conducting a series of meet- 
ings in the Bowne meeting-house. Bro. Simon 
Hershberger of Milan Valley, Okla., is visiting 
friends in Bowne and assists In the meetings. 
. COR. 

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Christmas exercises of the Elkhart Mennonite 
congregation were held on Sunday evening. Dec. 
29. The exercises consisted mostly of singing 
and recitations by the pupils of the school and an 
address by Bro. George Lambert. The house was 
overcrowded and the exercises were listened to 
with marked attention. The school is in an active 
and prosperous condition. May the Lord add his 


blessing so that the seeds that shall bring fruit 
unto eternal life may be planted Into the hearts 
of the children and young people. 

• • • 

The Sunday school of the Mennonite congrega- 
tion in Nappanee, Ind., held Christmas exercises 
on Christmas day. They consisted of singing and 
speaking, and the pupils were each given oranges, 
etc., to encourage them in the good work. Bro. 
Ezra S. Mullet is the superintendent of the school. 

It appears to be in a prosperous condition. 

• * • 

The A. M. Sunday school of Nappanee, Ind., 
also had their Christmas session on the 25th of 
December. The principal theme presented in these 
exercises was the “Life of Christ,” and all seemed ’ 
to enjoy a season of rejoicing. The little folks 
did the singing and the older people the speaking. 
Bro. John Walters is the superintendent. The 
school is doing a good work — the Lord bless the 
efforts of the brethren and sisters. The congre- 
gation is in charge of Pre. James McGowen. 

• • • 

Barker Street Congregation, Cass Co., Mich., 
Dec. 31, 1907. — To the Readers of the Herald of 
Truth: — Greeting. On Sunday, Dec. 29, Bro. J. F. 
Funk of Elkhart, the senior editor of the Herald 
of Truth, preached in our M. H. in the German 
language from the text (Psa. 90:12), “So teach us 
to number our days that we may apply our hearts 
unto wisdom,” in which he presented to the hear- 
ers the rapid flight of time, the uncertainty of 
human life, the necessity of preparation for the 
final change, and in what this preparation con- 
sists, etc. 

As this was the last Sunday in the year, the 
occasion was taken for the reorganization of the 
Sunday school, which resulted in electing Bro. 
Harvey Friesner as superintendent and Monroe 
Miller as assistant; Edna Keim, secretary; Mon- 
roe Miller, treasurer; Sister Anna Miller, chor- 
ister. The school averages forty pupils and both 
teachers and pupils manifest a commendable in- 
terest in the work. 

The Bible conference conducted in this con- 
gregation a few weeks ago by D. J. Johns and 
Oscar Hostetler left many good impressions and 
we believe it was a great benefit to all who at- 
tended. 

Bro. and Sister Nicholas Blosser, who recently 
returned from Minnesota, are staying with Bro. 
and Sister J. A. Hartzler, and as Sister Hartzler 
is in feeble health. Sister Blosser feels it her 
duty to» assist in taking care of her mother. Bro. 
Kauffman, who was received into church fellow- 
ship at the close of the recent meetings, will soon 
leave this locality and make his home near White 
Cloud, Mich., where he with his family will reside 
with the brotherhood there. 

The day, which promised fair weather in the 
morning, became cloudy, and in the evening there 
was a heavy rain. 

Bro. Friesner. who is the minister in charge, 
expects to be absent for several weeks on a busi- 
ness trip through northern Indiana. In connec- 
tion with his business he sells almanacs and takes 
subscriptions for the papers published by the 
Mennonite Publishing Co. We wish him a pros- 
perous journejr. COR. 

• • • 

Roseland, Neb., Dec. 26, 1907. — From the Rose- 
land Congregation to the Readers of the Herald 
of. Truth: — Greeting in Jesus’ name. Bro. S. E. 
Allgyer of Ohio began a series of meetings here 
and preached nineteen Bermons, which resulted in 
four confessions. On Christmas day three were 
received into church fellowship by baptism and 
one by confession. There were others laboring 
with deep convictions, but were not willing to 
yield. How sad when those for whom Christ died 
refuse his offers of mercy! God manifests his 
love in sending his servants out to declare his 
power to save sinners. 

On Dec. 15 our Sunday school was reorganized 
for the coming year. Officers as follows: Super- 
intendent, Emanuel Schlffler; assistant superin- 



1908. 


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tendent, Noah Good; secretary-treasurer, Frank 
Lapp; chorister, Christian Snyder. 

We trust by God’s grace that we may teach and 
live the principles contained in his Word, that 
those who are npt yet saved may find salvation 
before they leave this world. Pray for us. 

COR. 

• * * 

The Old People’s Praise Meeting at Weaver’s 
Church on New Year’s Day. — The all-day song 
service held at Weaver’s M. H. New Year’s Day 
proved to be an overflow meeting in which north, 
south, east and west Rockingham was repre- 
sented. As to social and religious features, the 
assembly proved to be somewhat of a promiscuous 
throng, but with all voices joined in singing the 
songs of long ago the large concourse of people 
present seemed to be as one heart and one soul. 

The opening exercises consisted of Scriptural 
reading and prayer, after which Elias Bruuk, 
master of ceremonies for the occasion, had the 
singers divided into sections, with sopranos in 
front, tenors to the right, altos to the left and 
basses in the rear. 

The musical talent of the long cherished past, 
along with much of that of the present, was 
brought to the floor in the way of leaders. Of 
these Elias Brunk, J. S. Sharpes, Simon Brunk, 

J. H. Good, Noah Blosser, Bert Coffman, P. M. 
Shifflet, Henry Keener, Noah Showalter, and Pro- 
fessors Me. D. Weems, McDuffey Baker and C. J. 
Heatwole responded. 

The great volume of voices responding with 
each of the forty or more selections that were 
rendered was full and strong, and with the sound- 
ing of the keynote there came from the audience 
such a harmonious roar that proved at times to 
he overwhelmingly inspiring. 

In the rendering 01 such grand old symphonies 
as “Wesley,” “Hosanna,” “Greenfields,” "Star of 
Bethlehem,” etc., the singing was so full, strong 
and rapturous that in tone, rhythm or harmony 
no one apparently made a mistake; and if there 
were any, they were detected only by the expert 
ear. 

The exercises, both during the forenoon and 
afternoon sessions, were interspersed with short 
and stirring talks, in which Elias Brunk, David 
Burkholder, S. H. Rhodes, Jos. F. Heatwole, P. S. 
Hartman, Prof. Baker and C. J. Heatwole par- 
ticipated. k. J. HEATWOLE. 

Dale Enterprise, Va. 

* * * 

Goodville, Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 3, 1908. The 
Mennonite Sunday school at this place was re- 
organized on Christmas evening and the old offi- 
cers were re-elected for another year. On Sun- 
day evenin g. Dec. 29. 1907, Bro. Noah Bauman 
of Bowmansville, Lancaster county, preached to 
the congregation in the Mennonite M. H. at this 
place. A large congregation was present. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

OUR MICHIGAN LETTER. 

By Aldus Brackbill. 

II. 

With the aid of some tools and the personal 
assistance of Bro. Jacob Sauder we crated our 
furniture for shipment and with the aid of Bro. 
B. F. Weaver, Martin Rudy and Mrs. J. F. Rohrer 
and daughter Mabel we were ready to have it 
taken to the warehouse by Friday noon. 

On Tuesday evening we had a song service, a 
meeting which will not soon be forgotten. Bro 
Abram Moseman led in the opening prayer. We 
were all glad; iur beloved brother, Ezra Weaver, 
was also prejfent, and we had a very pleasant and 
profitable meeting. 

On Saturday our beloved bishop, Abram Herr, 
of New Danxille, came to Lancaster and gave 
communion tel some who were not able to come 
to the services in the house of worship to par- 
take of the 'sacred emblems of Christ’s broken 
body and shed blood. On the same day he also 
received into church fellowship by water baptism 


HERALD OF TRUTH. 

a woman by the name of Mowerer. We wish her 
the rich blessing of our heavenly Father in this 
life and for the life to come. 

We are thinking now of some of our aged ones 
in whose homes we have been so many times. 
We wisn and pray that God’s richest blessings 
may ever follow them in their declining years 
and may God be especially near to the two aged 
blind sisters and my mother. We stayed all night 
with Bro. J. F. Rohrer and on Sunday morning 
began our visiting among the brethren and sisters 
whom we were so soon to leave. 

(To be continued in next issue.) 

For the Herald of Truth. 

OUR TRIP TO RANKER. 

By Anna Stalter. 

For a long time we had looked forward to an 
opportunity of visiting Ranker, the chief town of 
the native state of Ranker, which lies south of 
11 s, forty miles from Dhamtari and thirty-three 
from Balodgahan. Wednesday. Nov. 13, was the 
day set for starting on this journey. As there is 
no railway to that place and we have no rubber- 
tired vehicles and swift steeds, we had to resort 
to the slow process of gping by ox-cart. However, 
we knew we would have a good road on which 
to travel. Seven a. m. was the time set for start- 
ing, but, alas, it was a quarter of ten when we at 
last found ourselves on the way, as there are so 
many things to delay one at the beginning of 
such a trip in the “slow East.” 

Along the way there is one rest house, twenty 
miles from Dhamtari, with a few furnishings, 
such as tables, chairs and bedsteads, but no hotels 
or restaurants are found on the way; so we must 
take along most of our provisions furniture, etc. 
We have three carts and three teams of oxen, 
which means three men to drive them, a cook 
and his wife to help him, a man to set up our tent 
or rather to manage the setting up of it, who is 
a Christian, and a woman who is to be one of our 
Bible women; also' a matroni or sweeper woman, 
and Sister Lapp and myself. There were ten of 
us in the party. Bro. Lapp followed later on his 
bicycle. 

Besides our tent we had to take a table, chairs, 
beds, bedding, cooking utensils, pails, lanterns, 
provisions, feed for the oxen, etc. Our furniture 
we took along is all regular camp furniture and 
folds up flatly so that it can easily be packed on 
carts; we also took portions of Scripture and re- 
ligious books for selling along the way. 

Our first stopping place was by the roadside, 
about seven miles from Balodgahan. At 12:30 
we arrived there and stopped to feed and water 
the oxen and get some refreshments for ourselves. 
Along the roadside, in the shade of a large tree, 
we prepared our meal, ate and rested a while. 
At 3 p. m. we again went on and at 5 p. m. we 
found ourselves at Charama, in Ranker state, 
thirteen miles from Balodgahan. We were there 
only a few minutes when Bro. Lapp also arrived, 
having come the distance in about an hour and a 
half, and we had been on the road most of the 
day. That is the difference between the speed 
of an ox-cart and a bicycle. 

At this place there is a rest house built by the 
king of Ranker for Europeans only; no natives 
are allowed to stop in it. A man is in charge of 
the bungalo, paid by the state. Since we have 
found this comfortable, we did not need to set up 
our tent at this place. We remained here until 
Friday morning. Several meetings were held in 
the village, which Is good sized. We also sold 
some books. This was the first time any mission- 
aries had ever visited this place to give them the 
gospel story. 

Some of the native people sometimes think we 
are working in connection with the English gov- 
ernment, and at this place a policeman asked Bro. 
Lapp. "How much does the government pay you 
for each convert you get?” He seemed rather 
surprised when he was told, “Nothing at all," and 
that we are not connected with the government. 


A number of villages were visited in this neigh- 
borhood. On Friday morning we again went on 
our way toward Ranker. At noon we stopped at 
a village along the way to again prepare and eat 
our noonday meal. On arriving there we learned 
there was a Christian family in the village. The 
husband and father is in government employ. 
After we had eaten our dinner, we, with all the 
Christians of our party, eight in number, went 
in to see the Christian family, and had a season 
of worship together. The father, mother and chil- 
dren sang several Christian hymns for us, all of 
them being excellent singers, after which we 
bowed in prayer. The first to lead was a little 
girl about nine years of age, the oldest child of 
a family of six as well-behaved children as I have 
ever seen in any Christian family in America. 
How that child did pour out her little heart to 
her heavenly Father in thankfulness for having 
sent the missionaries and brethren and sisters to 
see them, and asked His blessings on them as 
they go on their way telling the story of Jesus. 

It would be impossible to describe our feelings 
and our gratitude to God for having met these 
•people at this time, away out here in this wild 
country, twenty-three miles from the nearest mis- 
sion station (which is Balodgahan), and no Chris- 
tians that they know of living nearer them than 
that. They live right in the midst of the heathen 
people and yet they sing praises unto God and 
have sweet communion with him. We trust they 
may be able to do much good among those people. 

In the afternoon we went on about three miles 
farther and pitched our tent for the night. We 
held a meeting in the village. At night several 
hundred people came out to hear the gospel story 
and see the “sahibs.” We trust the first made 
a greater impression on their minds. Here also 
some books were sold. On Saturday morning we 
again loaded our carts and set out for Ranker, 
arriving there at about 11 a. m. Bro. M. C. Lapp 
will tell you about our visit in that city. 

Dhamtari, C. P., India, Nov. 28, 1907. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

RANKER, THE KING’S RESIDENCE. 

The town of Ranker is situated on the bank 
of the Dudh River. This town is in a native state 
owned and controlled by a native king. At this 
place the king lives and does all his business for 
the whole state. He has a jail and quite a large 
courthouse, where all the civil and criminal cases 
are tried. 

The king has the power to execute capital 
punishment. In former years this cruel execution 
was performed by taking the convict on the top 
of a high hill, about 1,000 feet high, and pushing 
him off from the top of a rock, and his body was 
mangled on the rocks many feet below and left 
there to be eaten by the vultures. But this cruel 
execution has been stopped and now if a man 
is cqnvicted of murder he is imprisoned for life. 

There are -two palaces here, one on the north 
side of the river and one on the south side; the 
one on the south side is the palace in which the 
old king lived and died. The young king, because 
of superstition, would not live in the old palace; 
therefore he built a new one on the other side of 
the river, where he and all his nobles live at 
present. 

This king is opposed to mission work being 
carried on in his dominion; nevertheless there 
have been quite a number of portions of Scrip- 
ture sold in the state and also some villages vis- 
ited by some of our missionaries and the people 
taught to some extent. 

We had a great desire to visit the king. So 
some days ago Sister Stalter. Sister Lapp and my 
self, with the necessaries for camping, as Sister 
Stalter has described, started for his place. When 
we arrived at Charama we wrote the king's man 
a letter, informing him of our coming, and some- 
what to our surprise, when we arrived all arrange- 
ments had been made to make us comfortable 
during our stay In Ranker. We again Informed 
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I-I.EHa.vLID OF TRUTH 


January 9, 


YOUNG PEOPLE’S BIBLE-MEETING PAGE 

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TOPIC: The Man of Faith. Gen. 12: 1-9; Heb. II : 8-10. (Character Study) Jan. 19, ’08 


THE LESSON MOTTO. 

“I’d rather walk in the dark with God, 

Than go alone in the light; 

I’d rather walk by faith with him 

Than go alone by sight.” 

DAILY READINGS. 

January, 1908. 

13. M. — The friend of God. Jas. 2:21-24. 

14. T. — Who are God’s friends? John 15:12-14. 

15. W— Spirital companionship. John 15:1-11. 

16. T. — No faith without works. Jas. 2:14-20. 

17. P.— Walking and living by faith. 2 Cor. 5:7: 

Gal. 3:11. 

18. S. — A chapter on faith. Heb. 11. 

19. S. — The Man of Faith. Gen. 12:1-9; Heb. 

11 : 8 - 10 . 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE. 

If there be a character in all the history of the 
past in which we should take the deepest interest 
it is Abraham. Not. only the Jews, scattered over 
the face of the earth and everywhere bearing per- 
sonal resemblance to him, can proudly say, “We 
have Abraham to our father,” but Mohammedans 
and the Keturhtan races as well, and throughout 
Christendom, wherever men and women believe 
in God, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, they, 
too, can say, “We have Abraham to our father.” 
Wonderful man! He rises on our backward 
vision as the fountainhead of the gulf-stream of 
nations, as the highest peak in the mountain 
range of ancient humanity. Socially, morally, 
spiritually, intellectually, and no doubt physically 
he was a magnificent specimen of a man, “tall, 
erect, graceful, with massive gray locks, calm, 
dark eyes, Roman nose, with a mouth made to 
speak God’s praise, a real king among the hu- 
manity of his time.” 

God always has a man ready for great things. 
He is Jehovah-jireh. Think of Noah and the ark, 
Joseph and the famine, Moses and the Exodus, 
Joshua and Canaan, Paul and the Gentiles, and 
so on with prophets, priests, kings, evangelists 
and saints of all ages. Born at a time when the 
world, notwithstanding the awful dispensation of 
the flood that drowned a lust-thirsty race, was 
fast reverting to the degeneracy of the ante- 
deluvian age, Jewish and Moslem history and 
tradition unite in the statements that he was a 
very pious young man, who loathed the vices that 
surrounded him. It is said that at fourteen he 
refused to worship idols and that he destroyed 
many of them. Abram was born but a few 
years after the death of Noah, consequently the 
story of the deluge no doubt reached his ears 
from the mouth of those who had seen the great 
catastrophe and knew why God had thus visited 
the earth. His young mind was filled with the 
belief that God will do what he says, that he will 
fulfill his promises. Hence when the divine call 
came to Abraham to leave home and friends for 
a land that would be shown to him, he believed 
God and started out. Others that were not called 
went along, and one of them was his own father. 
But his father never saw the promised land, for 
he died on the way. After the father’s death 
Abraham received his second call, free this time 
from the influences from which God wanted to 
separate him. Again Abram obeyed. God 
showed the way. It was a devious one and was 
full of trial and hardship and temptation, but he 
staggered not at all the promises, and in duo 
time he reached the land of promise. But Lot, 
his dead brother’s son. was with him, and by his 
youthful arrogance and ambition Abram was 
left to the bleak and barren mountainside, while 
the fat valleys and plains were occupied by loot’s 
vast flocks and herds. But Sodom was in the 


plain, while God was on the mountain, and 
Abram was happy in his mountain home. Angels 
were his guests and he was free from the degrad- 
ing influences of Sodom. Lot was rich in cattle, 
but poor in judgment , and in faith,, and his sub- 
sequent history is short and extremely sad. 

In our character study we may consider con- 
secutively (1) Abram’s call, (2) his creed, (3) his 
character, (4) his cognomen, (5) his crown. 

1. His call. Acts 7:2, 4, tells in a meagre way 
the story of his call. Genesis indicates that when 
the call came to Abram, Terah, his father, took 
the matter in hand, and they started off. No 
doubt Terah believed God, but God had called 
Abram from his kindred, from his father’s house. 

After Terah’s death came the second call, clear 
and distinct now, and with the call came the 
promise of a three-fold blessing: (1) A home- 

land; (2) a great nation; (3) through him all the 
world should be blessed. 

How and by whom "Vas he called? No doubt 
by Him who by Isaiah is called the “angel of the 
mighty counsel.” Was not this the Son of God 
himself, who therefore could well say long ages 
after, “Before Abraham was, I am.” But whether 
the call came through one agency or another, 
Abram obeyed. So should we. God calls us to- 
day to leave the follies of this world. He calls 
by his word, his Spirit, conscience, parents, minis- 
ters, Sunday school teachers, friends, solemn 
warnings and the like. Has a call from any one 
of these or other sources ever come to you? Oh, 
that all might obey as Abram did! 

2. His creed. It was very simple. Faith in 
God and obedience to his commands. That is 
exactly the creed Christ left us in Matt. 28:19, 20; 
Mark 16:15, 16. The rest of our “Confession of 
Faith” is simply an effort to explain in detail the 
scope and meaning of this same creed. Abraham's 
creed was small, but his faith was great. Some 
one has said that it appears that the faith of men 
to-day decreases as their creeds increase. I do 
not mean to speak disparagingly of creed or 
creeds, but to show that all depend on this one 
fundamental principle of faith in God’s word and 
obedience to his commandments, and that there 
is danger of depending for salvation on the mere 
knowledge of our creed rather than on living faith 
in and strict obedience to God, especially when 
creeds are made with the view of explaining away 
certain distinct commandments of God. 

Another phase of his creed was shown in the 
way he possessed the land of promise. It be- 
longed to him. He might have become a king. 
The people received him kindly as a prince of 
God. He was rich. He might have posed as one 
of the “400,” entered into the social swirl of the 
Hittite cities that he found there. But of all the 
land God had given him he bought only enough 
ground for a grave for himself and his beloved 
Sarah, while he lived the life of a pilgrim and a 
stranger. Is it a part of our creed to live thus 
in the world to-day? What an undignified scramble 
there is among Christians to-day for a little more 
and yet a little more of this world’s possessions ! 
Not so with Abraham, and not so with all those 
who are truly his children after the Spirit and in 
spirit. 

His creed put to the test. God had brought 
him to Canaan. But what advantages had he there 
over those enjoyed in Ur of the Chaldees? There 
were idols all around him here as well as in Ur. 
Others claimed the land. Yet Abraham staggered 
not at the promise. But one other thing God had 
promised. It was an heir. Abraham was nearly 
one hundred years old, his wife ninety. What 
did God mean by promising them a son? Still 


Abraham believed, and in due time God fulfilled 
his promise, and Isaac was born. 

Then came the greatest of all tests. At God’s 
command this only son was to be sacrificed. The 
Lord had given; would the Lord take away and 
make a mockery of his promise and its remark- 
able fulfilment? Again Abraham’s faith rose above 
all else and he “arose up early” to do God’s bid- 
ding. And again God provided. * Obedience to 
God’s commands only tended to make Abraham 
more and more confident of God’s providences, 
and that his promises would be fulfilled. So will 
we, if we obey, learn more and more to depend 
upon God’s providences and promises. 

Do you know wha't it is to love an only son? 

I saw a father and mother lay away their only 
son, a fine, intelligent young man of splendid 
promise. How their lives had been wrapped up 
in him! And yet when death took him they could 
say, “The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; 
blessed be the name of the Lord.” Why? They 
believed in God and wavered not, nor murmured 
at his trying and mysterious providences. God 
had an only begotten Son. He loved him, yet 
he gave him “that whosoever believeth in him 
should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Let 
our creed then be to believe in God and obey 
early in life every command of his. 

3. His character. Although Abraham’s faith 
was cast in such stern and heroic mold, yet, while 
living in an age when the lamblike virtues of the 
Prince of Peace were so little known he showed 
these characteristics in a remarkable way and 
degree. He was amiable, polite, hospitable, for- 
giving, brave, humble. The land of Canaan was 
bis, he was the chosen of God as the progenitor 
of the greatest nation, and in whom all the fam- 
ilies of the earth should be blessed, yet he did 
not seek high places. He bowed to the ground 
when introduced to men far inferior to him. He 
is represented by our Savior as even calling the 
rich man in hell “son.” He settled the quarrel 
with Lot by letting Lot choose whatever he 
wanted. Oh, why did not Lot— and many like 
him — hang his head in shame! Peter uses the 
beautiful behavior between Abraham and Sarah 
as an object lesson to show how husbands and 
wives should show loving deference and honor to 
one another (1 Pet. 3:6, 7). 

Again when Lot, the insolent nephew, got into 
difficulty, Abraham bravely got him out of it and 
restored to him his property. And when the great 
calamity threatened Sodom, Abraham pleaded for 
the city because of Lot and his family. There is 
a religion to-day that has for its creed, “Let us 
alone.” “Let the other fellow alone. If he does 
as well as he can and gets into difficulty it is no 
concern of mine.” It is not the religion of Abra- 
ham or of his spiritual children. Yet Abraham 
had faults. Note his experience in Egypt. Some 
magnify these mistakes until they have little left 
to admire in Abraham. If you told a blind man 
that there are many spots on the sun and that one 
of them alone is so large . that if you put a body 
260 times the size of the earth upon that one 
spot it would not be covered, might not the blind 
man begin to believe that the sun was about all 
“spot”? And yet it shines in its splendor and the 
naked eye cannot detect a single spot. 

4. His cognomen. He had several names. (1) 
Abram (father of elevation). (2) Abraham (father 
of a multitude), given at the time of the promise 
of a great family. (3) Abram the Hebrew, be- 
cause of his descent from Heber. But his greatest, 
title is “Friend of God and Father of the Faith- 
ful." When God addressed Israel he said, "Thou. 

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HERALD OF TRUTH 


15 



1908. 


Young People’s Department 

With a New Year’s gift of $2,191,000 J. D. 
Rockefeller’s gifts to the University of Chicago 
since January, 1889, amount to $23,515,322, or an 
average of nearly a million and a quarter per 
year. Under the burden of such beneficence the 
university might almost be considered a charita- 
ble institution. No doubt, the institution dis- 
penses a vast amount of knowledge— of many 
kinds. 

-k 

The Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co. of St. Louis 
is using whole-page ads in the large city daily 
papers trying the old trick of making the people 
believe that the beer-drinking nations are the 
strongest, wisest and best on earth. But it is not 
beer that makes them so. They are so in spite of 
the beer, and if they had nothing but beer to 
make them strong and wise and good, there would 
be a very different story and Anheuser-Busch 
would not tell it. Why does the mayor of Muncie, 
Ind., and, for that matter, the mayors of all cities 
where strikes and riots and mobs occur, order the 
saloons closed? If beer makes men strong, wise 
and good, the mayor should order every saloon 
to dispense liquor freely to all on such occasions! 
Indeed, if beer makes men strong and wise and 
good, then the million or more drunkards and de- 
bauched people of this country should speedily 
become the leaders in national and spiritual af- 
fairs! It is just possible that Anheuser-Busch 
would object to such a turn. And it is just pos- 
sible that the Anheuser-Busch Co. is mistaken in 
its claims. At least the history of the police 
court, the criminal calendar, the churches, asyl- 
ums, hospitals, etc., strongly indicate that the 
company's claims are spurious. Spirituous liquors 
do not make spiritually minded people. 

* 

The real financial strength of our great Western 
country has been shown in a remarkably telling 
way during the recent financial flurry. Not so 
many years ago the assets of the West were not 
given a thought in the matter of staying or stem- 
ming a financial crisis. But the time has come 
when the Western farmer, with his corn cribs 
and wheat bins and stables filled with the real 
article, while the Wall street brokers are dealing 
with the fictitious, can look on with perfect safety 
and unconcern for his own welfare, while the 
paper manipulators of the stock market are losing 
their gambler’s gains by the millions and the 
green-cjoth fraternity make pandemonium in their 
fall from their heaven of affluence to their hell of 
poverty. Is it not s o w ith religion? How blessed 
is the assurance and how calm the soul amid 
storms and fiery trials when we can say with the 
apostle, “I know in whom I have believed, and am 
persuaded that he is able to keep that which 1 
have committed unto him against that day,” while 
those who have been building a fictitious heaven 
out of human theories and hopes will fall in con- 
fusion to the uttermost depths of darkness. If 
the recent financial scare has taught its material 
lessons, it has fully as much of a lesson for the 
spiritual world, and front such providences of 
God we should ever learn to make our calling 
and election sure while it is the accepted time 
and the day of grace. 

■¥ 

According to the news gathered from Georgia 
papers more whisky was sold in that state during 
December -than ever before. On the first of Jan- 
uary, 1908, the prohibition law went into effect in 
that state and it is evident, notwithstanding the 
boasts of the liquor element, that the poor, soaked 
sots— and some others— to whom whisky has be- 
come such a vital necessity, are expecting that 
the laws are going to be enforced. A friend 
writes that of the 126 saloons in Atlanta, each of 
which paid a city license of $2,000 a year, beside 
a state license, all the better class of buildings 
used for this purpose have already been rented 
for other purposes, thus already disposing of the 


cry which the saloon element makes everywhere, 
that business and building operations will be 
greatly checked. Of the low dives our informant 
says that it will simply compel the owners of 
such buildings to improve them until reputable 
people will occupy them for reputable business 
purposes, thus improving the surroundings and 
making present evil conditions impossible in the 
future. Some men in Georgia said during my 
recent visit in that state that prohibition will be 
a serious blow to industrial interests. Almost 
without exception the men who made such state- 
ments are men who love the jug themselves and 
are loth to see their beloved broth — even if it is 
of the devil’s brewing — taken away from before 
their thickened, parched lips and their ruddy 
noses. But thank God, it will take away the 
source of crime by which many a half-crazed col- 
ored wretch committed deeds that sent him to the 
chain gang or the gallows or caused other half- 
crazed men to take justice — or vengeance — into 
their own hands and quench their liquor-frenzied 
bloodthirstiness and mollify their race hatred in 
the blood of their victim who as like as not was 
perfectly innocent of the crime charged to him, 
to hide the really guilty one among his perse- 
cutors or tormentors. The Bible teaches us that 
a nation built upon iniquity cannot continue to 
prosper, and we are willing to trust God for 
solving the destiny of a nation rather than those 
who have interests in or tastes for that which is 
to-day one of the most gigantic evils upon the 
face of the earth. 


RANKER, THE KING’S RESIDENCE. 


(Continued from page 13.) 
the king that we had arrived and that we should 
be pleased to visit his highness. He set the time 
for us to call on him at 4 p. m. At that time 
we were called by the king’s messenger and met 
by a magistrate who took us to the prime minis- 
ter’s palace, and from there we were accompanied 
by him and his attendants to the king's palace, 
where we were received in state and enjoyed a 
short but very pleasant visit. May the Lord open 
the heart of this king, so he may permit mission 
work to be carried on in his state. 

From this place I returned home on my wheel, 
and the sisters resumed the journey in an ox- 
cart. of which Sister Lapp will write. Yours in 
Christian love, M. C. LAPP. 

Dhamtari, C. P., India, Nov. 28, 1907. 


We began to sing, and that brought more people 
out. We told them about God’s only Son, and 
that he loved them and wanted them to believe 
on him, then when their time came to die they 
could go where he is, etc. They all listened at- 
tentively and afterwards bought a few Scriptures. 
We then left them, trusting the Lord to water 
the seed sowu that it may bring forth fruit. These 
people had never heard the gospel story. 

We returned to our stopping place, had break- 
fast at 10:30 and rested some. At 3 p. m. we 
made ready to go four miles farther, where we 
camped for the night. This village is at the foot 
of a range of hills, where many wild animals 
live. As Sister Stalter and I walked into the vil- 
lage the children and some women, on seeing us. 
ran into their houses and shut the doors. They 
were afraid of us; likely they had never seen a 
white face before. The next morning they were 
friendly. Here again a few books were sold. In 
this village there are two young men who cau 
read. 

The next morning we went to a few villages 
near by. In one small village the children, as in 
the other one, were afraid and ran inside, but 
soon came out when they heard the singing. In 
the other two villages we visited, the people lis- 
tened very attentively. They said they had never 
heard the story of Jesus before. How many hun- 
dred villages are all about us, the inhabitants of 
which, if they were asked whether they had ever 
heard of Jesus and that he came to save them, 
would reply in the negative! “How then shall 
they call on him in whom they have not believed? 
And how shall they believe in him of whom they 
have not heard? And how shall they hear with- 
out a preacher?” 

We returned to the tent, and at noon walked 
to the Dokla bazaar, nearly two miles distant, 
where the people come together once a week to 
sell and buy. We only remained a short time, as 
we wanted 10 return home yet that afternoon, 
requiring nine miles travel through the thick 
jungle on each side of the road. At a little after 
three the carts were ready and we climbed in and 
started slowly toward home. Finally at 7:30, 
after dark, we reached home, very tired, but 
thankful to our heavenly Father for permitting 
us to witness for him and for his protection these 
nine daj’s. Yours in Christ. 

SARAH LAPP. 

Dhamtari, C. P., India, Nov. 28, 1907. 


For the Herald of Truth. 
OUR RETURN TRIP FROM RANKER. 


We remained in Ranker two and one-half days; 
then pulled op our tent and turned our faces 
homeward. We left there at 7 a. m., Tuesday, and 
arrived at Larklnpuri, ten miles from Ranker, 
at U a. m. We stopped by the roadside under a 
tree, where we had some breakfast and also fed 
the cattle. In this village lives the Christian 
family Sister Stalter wrote about. While stopping 
there they came out to greet us and also brought 
us a young chicken. At 2 p. m. we again pro- 
ceeded on our way. arriving, at Charama in the 
evening, a distance of ten miles, where we lodged 
for the night. We were very tired when we ar- 
rived there. Riding in an ox-cart is more tire- 
some than riding in a spring carriage, as the read- 
ers can well imagine. 

We rested well that night and the next morning 
Sister Stalter. accompanied by two young Chris- 
tians who were with us. went to a village, and 1 
with two others went to another one, eaclr taking 
portions of Scripture and Christian books with us. 

We entered the village and soon found an open 
place or corner where the villagers gather In the 
evening when they have any business or come 
together to have a chat about their crops, etc. 
As we came to this place we stood still and be- 
gan to talk to a few who happened to be there; 
they brought us a small cot to sit on. In a few 
minutes more people came and sat and looked at 
us, perhaps wondering what we came for. 


(Continued from preceding page.) 

Israel, art the seed of Abraham, my Friend.” And 
since he is in a literal sense the father of the 
Ishmaeliiish and Raturhian races, as well as of 
the Jews and Mohammedans, and in a figurative 
sense the father of the Christian world, his seed 
is indeed like the sands on the shore. But his 
spiritual seed is to-day his true seed. 

4. His crown. Abraham died at the age of 175 
years. And his crown? Not that of a Napoleon 
or an Alexander or a Xerxes, but that of which 
Paul speaks: “Henceforth there is laid up for me 
a crown of righteousness." Abraham believed, 
obeyed God, and it was accounted to him for 
righteousness. It was a crown of life, and those 
of us who shall enter heaven shall find “Abraham. 
Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven." May 
wo all see him who was the "friend of God." and 
share his matchless crown. 


SUBJECTS FOR TALES OR ESSAYS. 

1. How God calls to-day. 

2. Carrying our religion wit h us. 

3. Why God tries our faith. 

I. The relation of faith and works. 


The only begotten Son of God. dwelling in us 
keeps us from the power of sin and the assaults 
of Satan, and though the devil often strikes, yet 
we are like the little insect with the pane of 
glass between it and the bird of prey, “and the 
wicked one toucheth us not."— [Messages of 
Love.) 





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January 9, 1908. 



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ITEMS. 


The Opium Habit.— The “Zions-Pilger,” a paper 
published by the Mennonites in Switzerland and 
edited by J. Kipfer of Langnau, gives the follow 
ing, which may be valuable to many persons: 

A missionary in India writes that in the forests 
of India he discovered a plant which is a sure 
cure for the opium habit. The strongest opium 
eater, if he takes a drink of the tea of the plant, 
acquires a perfect nausea for opium, so that he 
cannot even endure the smell of it any more. 
The facts of this claim are substantiated by Dr. 
Phil E. Luxung, also a missionary, who made a 
thorough investigation of the matter and found 
it correct and he is an expert botanist. The 
plant is said to have been altogether unknown 
until the present time. 

The Financial Crisis, Past and Present. — The 

recent flurry made many otherwise level-headed 
persons declare that a business collapse of the 
old-fashioned type was upon us. And now after 
the recent clouds have rolled by, some of these 
people are predicting that the p~nic will come 
in 1908. Perhaps if they continue prophesying 
long enough prediction will overtake realization. 
After the most careful scrutiny of the situation 
which I can give, however, I confess that I can 
see no signs of an approaching collapse which 
will even remotely resemble those which came 
in 1818, 1837, 1857, 1873, or 1893. In those years 
took place the financial cataclysms which have 
been popularly called panics. Between each of 
these industrial and financial dislocations (as in 
1825, 1848. 1869, 1884. and 1890) came milder 
flurries. The scare which came in the latter half 
of 1907 belonged to the 1884 and 1890 class. Its 
effects have already almost disappeared, but it 
has given us lessons to learn. It emphasizes the 
necessity of getting, in some of our big insurance 
companies and other great corporations, more 
directors who direct, and for a few of our banks 
more examiners who examine. We need also a 
little more balance among our people so that they 
will not he stampeded by every calamity prophet 
who gets into the newspapers. Everybody who 
knows the causes of each of our panics, and who 
takes an intelligent survey of the present situa- 
tion, will see that almost all those causes are 
missing. To-day there is no recent great war (as 
the war of 1812-15 with England, which helped 
to bring the panic of 1818, or the civil conflict of 
1861-65. which was responsible for several of the 
factors which aided in precipitating the cataclysm 
of 1873). No crop failure (as in 1837). No rail- 
road building beyond the country’s needs (as in 
1857 and in 1873). No wildcat banking (as in 
1818, 1837. and 1857). No greenback endless 
chain or silver dilution of the currency (as in 
1893) to draw gold out of the treasury. No gold 
(train to Europe (like we had in all those years) 
to meet debts of any kind. No shortage in rev- 
enues (as in 1893 and other panics).— r From 
"Why We Need Not Fear a Panic,” by James W. 
Van Cleave, in The Circle for January.] 


If it is charity that is in dominion, there will 
be a charitable buying, as well as a charitable 
giving. Encourage the small trader, who is try- 
ing to get an honest living, and then every shop- 
ping day will be something of a Christmas in 
the conscience of it. — [The Friend.] 


MARRIED. 


Garver — Gruber. — On the first day of January, 
1908, Leonard P. Garver and Mary F. Gruber, 
both of Dauphin Co., Pa., by John G. Ebersole, at 
his home. Happy wishes to them. 

Shank— Showalter.— On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 
1907, by L. J. Heatwole, at the bride’s home near 
Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Va., Elmer D. 
Shank and Ada E. Showalter were united in mat- 
rimonial bonds. 

Grove — Weaver. — At the home of the officiating 
minister, L. J. Heatwole, Dale Enterprise, Rock- 
ingham Co., Va., Charles M. Grove, of Weyers 
Cave, Augusta Co., Va., and Etta S. Weaver of 
Mt. Clinton, Rockingham Co., Va., were married 
on the evening of Dec. 31, 1907. 

■ Brenneman — Burkholder. — On Jan. 1, .1908, at 
the home of the bride's father, Dea. S. M. Burk- 
holder, near Dale Enterprise, Va., by L. J. Heat- 
wole, Simeon Brenneman of Elida, Allen Co., 
Ohio, and Lillie A. Burkholder were joined in 
wedlock. 


DEATHS. 


Blosser. — On Dec. 18, 1907, near Dale Enter- 
prise, Rockingham Co., Va., of the infirmities of 
age, Sarah Blosser, consort of Abraham Blosser, 
departed this life at the advanced age of 80 Y., 

9 M., 12 D. From early life she remained a con- 
sistent member of the Mennonite church. Funeral 
on the 20th at Weaver’s M. H„ with L. J. Heat- 
wole and A. B. Burkholder officiating. 

Shenk.— On Dec. 27, 1907, near Safe Harbor, 
Pa., of heart failure, Daniel L. Shenk, in the 73d 
year of his age. He was a member of the Menno-. 
nite church. He is survived by his wife, five sons 
and five daughters. Funeral on Dec. 30 at the 
Masonville M. H. 

Bassler. — On Dec. 31. 1907, at his home near 
Petersburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., of the infirmities 
of old age, Christian Bassler, aged about 75 years. 
He is survived by his wife, three sons and three 
daughters. Funeral on Friday, Jan. 3, at the East 
Petersburg M. H.. where he was a faithful and 
consistent member. 

Witmer.— On Sunday, Dec. 29, 1907, near Akron, 
Lancaster Co., Pa., Levi Witmer, aged 73 Y., 9 M., 

10 D. He was a lifelong member of the Menno- 
nite church, and is survived by five sons and 
three daughters. Buried on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 
1908, at Metzler’s M. H. 

Newcomer. — John Newcomer was born in Wads- 
worth TWp., Medina Co., Ohio, March 3, 1836; 
died near Bloomville, Seneca Co., Ohio, Nov. 30, 
1907; aged 71 Y., 8 M., 27 D. He was of a family 
of nine children, of whom one sister and three 
brothers preceded him in death. Oct. 25, 1860, he 
was married to Susan Muckley of Bloom Twp., 
Seneca Co., Ohio, who preceded him in death four 
years. To this union were born five children, one 
son and four daughters, all of whom survive their 
parents and were present at the funeral. Bro. 
Newcomer was for many years a faithful member 
of the Mennonite church. Some years ago his 
home church in Seneca county died out, leaving 
Bro and Sister Newcomer without the church of 
their choice. While a few of the remaining mem- 
bers joined some of the more popular churches, 
Bro. and Sister Newcomer remained true to the 
Mennonite faith. They made their church home 
with the church in Medina Co., Ohio, where they 
were always present at communion services when- 
ever health would permit. Funeral services were 
held at his home, conducted by Pre. A. M. Beck 
of the Reformed church. 

Apple. — Sister Martha Apple was born near 
Richfield, Juniata Co.. Pa., April 3. 1830; died 
Dec. 22, 1907; aged 77 Y„ 8 M„ 19 D. She was 
a daughter of Pre. Christian and Barbara Gray- 
bill. was baptized and received into the Mennonite 
church by Bish. Abram Haldeman’ fifty years ago. 
She was married to Benjamin Apple, Jan. 15, 1856. 
This union was blessed with three daughters and 
one son. She is survived by her four children and 
three grandchildren, her husband and five grand- 
children having preceded her to the better land. 
She was a widow thirty-eight years. Sister Apple 
surely was a mother in Isfrael. No one ever went 
from her door hungry. Her home was surely one 
of hospitality- Not only was she ready and will- 
ing to share the natural bread for the sustenance 
of the natural body, but ready also to tell them 
in her meek and humble way of the food needed 
for the soul, and there are many in the East and 
West, who, when they see this death notice, will 
remember the good advice she gave them. The 
writer can recall many pleasant spiritual moments 
spent in her home and in the sanctuary as well. 
She was laid away in the silent city of the dead 
on Christmas Day. Funeral services by Banks 
Winey and the writer. God sustain the bereaved 
ones with his grace, looking forward to the time 
when they, too, shall be relieved of earth’s 
troubles and a happy reunion in the mansions 
above. WM. G. S. 


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EDITORIAL NOTES. 

Our Young People’s Meeting Topics. — To those 
Interested we wlllsay that they will be printed 
and ready for distribution within the coming 
week. 

* 

On Monday, Dec. 30, the Mennonite Publishing 
Co. received about 200 letters and most of these 
contained renewals for the several papers pub- 
lished by the company and some of them also 
book orders. We are glad for these evidences of 
the regard our people entertain for our publica- 
tions, and shall be glad to hear from many others 
also in the same way. 

* 

Parochial Schools. — This may in the minds of 
many of our modern, up-to-date Mennonites be 
an antiquated Bubject, but it is nevertheless an 
important one. “The Mennonite” of Berne, Ind., 
says: “Pre. J. H. Langenwalter of Halstead, Kan., 
has prepared a German paper on ‘Parochial 
Schools’ ( Gemeindeschulen ) , setting forth their 
value, what should be taught in them, and how 
they can be maintained. The article was pub- 
lished in the ‘Bnndesbote’ last week.” 

* 

Almanacs.— A sister writes us that desiring to 
purchase three Mennonite almanacs she vjent to 
a well-known book store, and their stock having 
been exhausted — all sold out — she was not able 
to obtain them. She immediately wrote to the 
Publishing House at Elkhart and obtained them. 
Any one desiring these almanacs may still, like 
this sister, obtain them by addressing Mennonite 
Publishing Co., Elkhart, Ind. Elkhart almanacs 
sell, and they are abundantly worth the price, if 
only for the reading matter they contain. 

* 

Das Gemeindeblatt, the Mennonite church paper 
of the more conservative branch of the Mennonite 
people in Germany, has entered upon its thirty- 
ninth year. It was established, edited and pub- 
lished by Bish. Ulrich Hege, and after his death 
his sou, Bish. Jacob Hege, took up the work and 
it continues under his supervision to the present. 
Bro. Ulrich Hege, of the Mennonite Publishing 
Co. force, is a brother to the present editor and 
Sister Lena Hug, of the Elkhart congregation, is 
a sister. The paper is published at Reihen. Baden, 
Germany, at 75 cents a year. 

* 

The Publication Committee met as per previous 
notice and had their sessions on the 8th and 9th 
of January at Gohsen, Ind. Eleven members were 
present and, as we understand it, the committee 
purposes to go on with the establishing of a 
church publishing house, to be located at Scott- 
dale. Pa., but as the result of their deliberations 
at their last session have not yet been made pub- 
lic we are unable to determine as to the purchase 
of the publications, books, etc., of the Mennonite 
Publishing Co. and the merging of the two pub- 
lication Interests. So far as we are able to 
Judge, the proposition is still surrounded by a 
good deal of doubt. 


On Sunday, Jan. 5, 1908, was the anniversary 
of the fiftieth birthday of Bro. M. B. Fast, the 
editor of the Mennonitische Rundschau. His fam- 
ily invited several families of the older brethren 
and sisters of the congregation and several hours 
were pleasantly and we believe profitably spent 
in social intercourse, in singing, prayer and ap- 
propriate remarks by both brethren and sisters. 
We all felt that it was good to meet together in 
this way and we recall it as a season of rejoicing. 
We wish Bro. Fast many happy returns of his 
natal day, and may God bless all who met with 
him at that time. 

•* 

We are informed that the Bible is now trans- 
lated and read in four hundred different lan- 
guages. This great work has been accomplished 
at an expense of many millions of dollars. After 
the first translation there is an enormous expense 
of revising. The last revision of the Madagascar 
Bible cost some $15,000.00 and the Serampore 
version of the Bible in Hindustan cost $150,000.00. 
The British and American Bible Societies employ 
2,000 linguists continually who have charge of 
this work. There is no doubt the translation of 
the Bible into all these different languages does 
much toward the fulfilment of the great commis- 
sion of our Savior, to go into all the world and 
preach the gospel to all nations. 

* 

Regular attendance at Sunday school and 
church services is a thing that is very desirable 
and praiseworthy in those who do it. A young 
girl, daughter of Daniel Wenger and wife, resid- 
ing near the Olive Mennonite M. H. in Elkhart 
Co., Ind.. has made her record on this score. She 
has not been absent from Sunday school for a 
single Sunday in five years, and received a book 
as a special reward for her faithful attendance. 
In one of our exchanges, the Harleysville (Pa.) 
News, we see the record of another faithful Sun- 
day school pupil, Lena King, a young Woman of 
Norristown, who has not missed a Sunday fot 
seventeen years in the Central Presbyterian Sun- 
day school of that city. Such Instances are rare, 
but it shows what faithful devotion to a cause 
and a decided purpose will accomplish when per- 
severed In. 

♦ 

One of our patrons in eastern Pennsylvania 
writes : “In case the publications of the Menno- 
nite Publishing Co. change hands, will the sub- 
scriptions be transferred, or will they be dis 
continued?” 

If these publications change hands the sub 
scriptions will be transferred, and the new 
church publishing house will furnish the paper 
published by them for the full term of the sub- 
scription to each subscriber or as long as the 
paper lias been paid for. The Mennonite Publish- 
ing Co. will not sell on any other condition. So 
fa r, h owever, we have no assurance that the deal 
will be made, and the probability is that the 
Mennonite Publishing Co. will continue to pub- 
lish its publications for an indefinite time. We 
can assure all our patrons and friends that if any 
change is made we will protect the interests of 
all our subscriliers and customers so that no one 
need fear loss. Send your subscriptions and re- 
newals and your interests will be cared for. 

* 

The Bible in Schools.— We have received an 
Interesting pamphlet on the “Bible in the Public 


Schools.” by W. F. McCauley, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

It advocates that the Bible should be used and 
taught in the schools. There is no better way to 
promote infidelity and immorality throughout the 
land than to ignore and banish the Bible in our 
public schools. The removal of the words, “In 
God we trust," from the coins of our country is 
only another step in the same direction, and 
while it may not have been or done all that a 
devoted child of God would have desired and 
prayed for, yet it stood like the stone that Joshua 
erected by the tabernacle under the oak to re- 
mind the children of Israel of the promise they 
had made to serve the living God and not idols. 

It was an educator and a visible reminder con- 
tinually to all the people that they should believe 
in Him and serve Him from whom cometh every 
good and perfect gift, and who through his 
servant Solomon has declared that “righteousness 
exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any 
people.” 

PERSONAL MENTION. 

Pre. Allen Rickert of Columbiana Co., Ohio, 
spent Sunday. Dec. 29. 1907, with the brotherhood 
near Kent, in Portage Co., Ohio. 

Bro. M. S. Steiner and Bro. S. H. Miller of Ohio 
conducted a Bible conference near Tuleta. Texas, 
during the last week of December, 1907. 

Bish. D. D. Miller and Andrew Shenk will con- 
duct a Bible normal at Jet, Okla., beginning on 
Jan. 20, 1908. The Lord bless their work. 

Pre. J. W. Kliever of Berne, Ind., was called 
to officiate at the funeral of Bro. Peter Rich near 
Sterling. Ohio, on the 7th of the present month. 

Pre. Joseph Byler of Mifflin Co., Pa., preached 
for the brotherhood in Somerset county on Sun- 
day, Dec. 29. He conducted two services on that 
day. 

Bro. Peter Jansen of Janseu, Neb., expected 
his children and grandchildren, residing in Winni- 
peg. Man., to be home and spend the holidays 
with their parents. 

Bro. J. D. Mishler of Oregon has changed his 
address from Aurora. Oregon, to Hubbard, Oregon. 
His friends and correspondents will kindly take 
notice of the change. 

Bro. Good of Sterling. HI., during the first 
week in January, i908. conducted a series of 
meetings in the Catlin congregation. May the 
Lord bless and prosper the work. 

Bish. D. D. Miller, who recently conducted 
a series of gospel meetings in McPherson Co.. 
Kan., closed his meetings there at the close of 
the old year, with nine confessions. 

Sister Ollie F. Shank of Waynesboro. Va.. has 
been installed as a worker in the Mennonite 
Gospel Mission in Chicago. More helpers are 
needed. May the Lord supply them. 

Pre. David Beiler, a well-known -minister of the — 
A. M. church of Lancaster Co.. Pa., died on Sun- 
day night. Jan. 6. lie was 11 faithful laborer ill 
the cause for ov* r forty years. See obituary. 

Pre. Simon Hershberger visited among the 
brotherhood in Kent Co.. Mich., during the last 
days of the year 1907. and also assisted in the 
continued services held there during the same 
time. 

A series of meetings conducted recently at the 
Martin M. H. near OrrvlUe, Wayne Co,. Ohio, by 


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January 16, 


Bro. J. E. Hartzler of Chicago, resulted In five 
confessions. The meetings closed on the 2d of 
January. 

Bish. Berij. Weaver of Spring Grove conducted 
a series of meetings in the Mennonite meeting- 
house in Lancaster City last week. We hope 
these meetings may result in the conversion of 
many souls. 

Bro. D. G. Lapp has labored earnestly in the 
Kansas City Missions during the last week in 
December and the first week of January. We 
learn that at the Kansas City Mission there were 
three confessions. 

Bro. A. C. Kolb, who for the past two weeks 
has been confined to his home, under quarantine, 
on account of an attack of smallpox, was released 
on the 10th and the quarantine removed, he hav- 
ing fully recovered. 

Bro. and Sister David Ewert of Mountain Lake, 
Minn., celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of 
their marriage on Dec. 31, 1907. The ministering 
brethren H. H: Regier, Gerhard Neufeldt and J. J. 
Balzer led the services. 

The brethren D. F. Driver and George R. Brunk 
were engaged in holding meetings at Carver, Mo., 
during the first and second weeks of the present 
month with good results. Thirteen confessed 
Christ during the meetings. 

Bro. H. R. Voth of Newton, Kan., is at present 
holding continued meetings and visiting from 
house to house in the vicinity of Meno, Okla., 
and is earnestly engaged in sowing the good seed 
of the word of God on the thirsty soil of Okla- 
homa. 

Bro. Christian Good of Virginia attended Bible 
conference with the Mt. Zion congregation in 
Morgan Co.. Mo., and on his return trip stopped 
at Goshen, Ind., to attend on the 8th the meeting 
of the Publication Board, of which he is a 
member. 

Henry A. Wiebe of Hillsboro. Kan., who recently 
made an evangelistic trip to South Dakota and 
Nebraska, has returned home. In Beadle county 
some souls were awakened to the better life and 
Bro. Block remained to continue the meetings. 
Also in Gnadenau, Kan., there have been several 
persons converted and desire to be baptized. 

Bro. N. O. Blosser of Hancock Co., Ohio, and 
I. J. Buchwalter of Dalton, conducted a Bible 
conference at North Lima, Mahoning Co., Ohio, 
during the first week of the year, and besides the 
encouragement given to the congregation in gen- 
eral. eight souls were led to confess Christ and 
consecrate themselves to the service of the Lord. 

Bro. b J. Buchwal ter o f Dalton, Wayne Co., 

Ohio, after attending the Bible conference at 
North Lima, Mahoning county, came directly from 
there to Canton, where on Sunday evening, Jan. 
5 , i„. conducted baptismal services and seven 
precious souls sealed (heir covenant vows in bap- 
tism and were received into church membership. 

Bro. Sylvester J. Miller of the Bowne congre- 
gation. Kent Co., Mich., who with his wife has 
been visiting relatives in Elkhart Co., Ind., for 
two weeks past, came to Elkhart on the 7th inst. 
and spent the night with Bro. Rudolph Detweiler 
and family and on the morning of the 8th left 
again for home. They report a pleasant visit. 
Bro. Miller’s brother accompanied them to Michi- 
gan, where he expects to stay for some time. 

Bro. H. A. Goerz and family visited with Bro. 
and Sister Fast in Elkhart on New Year’s day. 
Bro. Goerz was for some time an employee of the 
Mennonite Publishing Co., and is now with the 
Oliver Chilled Plow Works in South Bend, Ind. 
He left last week for a two months’ business trip 
through the Southern states in the interests of 
Ills employers, and upon his return may be sent 
by them on a longer trip to Europe on the same 
errand. 

Bro. M. B. Fast tells the readers of the "Rund- 
schau" that he received a letter from Russia last 
week containing 106 pages of manuscript, an ar- 
licle for the paper. One single stamp brought 


the letter from Russia to Elkhart, but the stamp 
had the value of a ruble, Russian money, which 
at par value is equal to 7B cents in United States 
money. According to the course of exchange, 
however, the ruble 1 b worth 60 cents. 

Bro. Cornelius Toews, who was one of the 
deputation sent from Russia to America to look 
up places of settlement thirty-four years ago, and 
with whom the senior editor of the Herald trav- 
eled some eight weeks through the West and 
Northwest and whom we learned to regard very 
highly as a friend and brother, we regret to hear 
is suffering with sickness in the village of Stein- 
bach, where he resides with his children. May 
the Lord speedily restore him. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

AFTER-THOUGHTS ON THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 
LESSON FOR JAN. 5, 1908. 

By K. Y, 

John 1:1-4 and 1 John 1:1-3.— These two ac- 
counts of John must be considered together. "In 
the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1). "That 
which was from the beginning” (1 John 1:1) 
"That which” — that substance, that essence which 
is uncreated and is part of the Eternal (if we 
may so express It), the supreme energy or power, 
to call into visible, tangible existence, so as to 
be known or conceived by human sensibilities 
through sight, hearing and feeling; the LIFE in 
its highest potentiality, existing, but not always 
understood. 

The first and highest principle is life, and in 
relation to God is identical with him. 

All existing things in nature, primarily, have 
life from God. 

Life is the essential nature and essence of God, 
and in a supreme sense is synonymous with God. 

John evidently did not mean the beginning of 
God, for it is impossible to think of God as having 
a beginning; but he seems to mean the time when 
things through God’s plan were made to assume 
such forms and conditions that are known to 
man or capable of being known by finite mind, 
and I think John wants us to understand that 
this active, creative, life-producing energy is co- 
eternal with God. 

Furthermore, since it is absolutely not in the 
power of human language to express such a high 
and holy attribute of God in words, John calls it 
the “Logos” or “Word.” Moses tells us that 
"God spake and it was.” 

It is of this previously unknown and otherwise 
incomprehensible essence of God that John now 
affirms, because known and possible for the com- 
prehension of finite man. 

Indeed. God could not be God without being 
the life; for life is synonymous with existence. 
Even natural existence is life in some form or 
other and what is called death by us. who are 
accustomed to call moving things alive, is in 
reality only a change in the manner or form of 
existence, life or being. 

This inherent life potence of God is not a sep- 
arate thing from God. but a necessary conse- 
quence of God himself. For it would be ab- 
solutely Impossible to think of an uncreated, for- 
ever eternal being that had no life and withal in 
the highest potentiality. 

This. then, must be that “Word of Life” that 
John here speaks of. as having assumed such 
forms and conditions that the human mind could 
comprehend through the human sensibilities, the 
eye. the ear and the touch; and in this way man 
was brought into such close contact with God 
that there was nothing between him and this God- 
life, between him and this God-word, but a thin 
veil of flesh. 

Moreover, because this manifestation or, in 
other words, phenomenon or appearance of God 
to man, was to be in human form and was placed 
in a pure and undeflled virgin to be made mani- 
fest by the natural birth of a son or male child, 
It (that is, the manifestation) was called the 


"Sou of God.” Not that it was actually a son. 
as we are accustomed to have the word "son" 
mean, but because a son is later as regards time 
than his natural father. So the manifestation (or 
the making known of God’s Life-Word), being 
long after what John calls “the beginning,” is 
called the Son, in order to correspond with the 
limits and capacity of an imperfect human lan- 
guage, and because in its original sense the word 
"son” meant that which was later in relation to 
time, and is not therefore, as the majority of 
people erroneously believe, a separate and dis- 
tinct personality; but that part of God which 
John calls the “Word of Life" (1 John 1:1). 

This life in a human body was, for various 
reasons, called Jesus Christ, and to distinguish 
his body from other human bodies it is customary 
as well as convenient to say, “the person of 
Christ," and thus men have, from the inad- 
vertency of languages and by confusing the nat- 
ural with the spiritual, and the figurative with 
the literal, drifted into the error of calling “God’s 
manifestation to man” the second person in the 
Trinity. This, John, in the three first verses of 
his first epistle, wants to be distinctly understood 
is not correct. 

He does not say, “the person” or “the second 
person of God” was manifested, but emphatically 
declares in the second verse by way of explana 
tlon, so there should be no mistaking his meaning 
that the “Life” was manifested (not a person or 
individual), made visible — and affirms that he 
was one of a number that had seen it. “We have 
seen it” (using the neuter gender) — saw it — the 
Life, in the body or person (apparently) called 
•Christ, when he (Christ) was among the disciples 
for about three years, preaching and teaching 
about eternal life. 

John takes especial pains to assure the ones 
he is writing to, that he was testifying to an 
actual fact; although it might seem unreasonable 
to his hearers that such an incomprehensible, in- 
visible and intangible thing as the life principle 
should become visible, audible and tangible — for 
this reason he makes it so emphatic and testifies 
so earnestly to them that they should have no 
doubt about how “God came to man,” and says 
to them, “We show unto you that Eternal Life 
which was with the Father." 

Being eternal, it could have no beginning of 
existence or limit of duration, and hence could 
not have existed separate as an uncreated being; 
else there would have been two uncreated, dis- 
tinct individualities, and so two Gods, which is 
unthinkable and absurd; for the conceptions of 
God can go no farther than to resolve all things 
back to one, and only one, eternal, u ncreated 
self-existing First Cause, and in that one name is 
embodied “life,” and in life, omnipotence (al- 
mightiness), omnipresence and omniscience (all- 
knowingness or all wisdom), and wisdom is light. 

John also wants them to know the fact that 
God made himself visible to a certain extent, so 
that they should not have erroneous and doubtful 
ideas about their Savior, but that their joy might 
be full. 

Again in the third verse he tells them, “That 
which we have seen,” that is the thing we (the 
disciples) testify of. God was now to them no 
more an abstract idea, but they heard first the 
voice. “God spake” (Gen. 1:5), the Word, the 
language, the sound. Then brought him to their 
vision and they saw, looked upon him; examined 
him closer; saw him day after day; handled with 
their hands— perhaps In ministering to his per- 
sonal wants; perhaps at the last supper, when 
John lay in his bosom, and when Jesus, the 
“Word of Life.” washed their feet. 

See how John gradually comes from the ab- 
stract idea down to a comprehensive reality— 
from the spiritual to the natural, from the dim 
and obscure beginning to the realities of the pres- 
ent _ Bee how he brings divine being Into union 
and harmony with natural conditions— how he 
gives us to understand that natural things depend 
on laws from the spirit world. 



1908. 


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"And was manifested unto us." Manifested to 
us with all that the word "manifested" implies. 

"Unto us.” How highly favored were the “us”! 
Truly, many prophets desired to see the day when 
God would show himself unto man! What a 
high honor to be a witness to God’s visibility! 
To enjoy his fellowship, as they were washing 
feet with God! Really, naturally, eating, drink- 
ing and suffering hardships with God in the flesh 
and when they beheld him weeping at the grave 
of Lazarus, etc. 

And yet they did not seek all of God, but only 
that part that is called “the Word of Life” — “that 
we have seen,” etc., "of the word of life.” 

The word “of” here seems to indicate that there 
was still something that man dare not see and 
live — that this life was seen only comparatively 
as Moses saw God on the mount, "through a thin 
veil of flesh.” So near man was permitted to 
come to God through his natural senses, and thus 
only for a short time and to only a few of the 
human family was it given to enjoy this privilege. 

To sum up: If John would or could speak to us 
in our modern language, he would probably speak 
to us on this wise: I have told you In my Gospel 
how that part of God which is called “Life” be- 
came incarnate or assumed flesh for a covering, 
and how that “Word” by assuming flesh became 
to all intents and purposes man, only without sin; 
and how that supposed man was called Jesus, and 
that by going about and doing good, performing 
miracles for the good of man, and teaching the 
people the way to happiness, he was the Light of 
the world— (happiness is light; ignorance with 
its dire consequences means spiritual darkness), 
and that the Light and the Life, in the form of 
man, suffered death at the hands of wicked men, 
so that according to God’s own plan man might 
in the world to come enjoy an existence in happi- 
ness and unspeakable glory. All this I have told 
you, so that you might be able to understand the 
plan of salvation the same as we do, and be of 
one mind and understanding and knowledge with 
us, and when we believe alike we are brethren, 
and beifig together in one mind, laboring for a 
common cause, we have fellowship one with an- 
other, and our knowledge about God, the source 
of our happiness, being uniform and correct, we 
truly have fellowship with him, for we believe as 
he wants us to believe; we obey him as he desires 
us to obey, and we love him because he first loved 
us; therefore our joy is full. To him be eternal 
praise in Jesus’ name! 

For the Herald of Truth. 

TO MISSIONARY VOLUNTEERS, 

Mission Study Classes, Mission Supporters, Mis- 
sionary Intercessors, Mission Committees, 
and the Mission Board. 

Dear Brethren and Sisters:— Greeting in the 
worthy Name. The following is taken from the 
“Kaukab-i-Hind” (The Star of India), a Methodist 
paper published at Lucknow, India: 

“One of the most discouraging facts that mis- 
sionaries on the field have to face, is the surety 
that, any development of the work that may be 
brought about will be poorly supported by the 
Board from a financial standpoint. This is not 
because the Board is in anything but a friendly 
attitude to the work, but because it has opened 
fields in so many countries of the world, and each 
field is so clamorous for help, that it can only 
adequately support a fraction of all the develop- 
ing work it has on its hands. Almost every year 
some entirely new field is taken up, because some 
enterprising missionary sees there is a good open- 
ing and is able to persuade the authorities that 
it is providential. Two years ago it was Java, 
last year it was France, and there is no telling 
what it will be this. It is good to know that such 
an influential paper as the New York Christian 
Advocate has taken strong ground against this 
indefinite expansion, and Insists that the part of 
wisdom is to develop our already occupied fields 
and support the already planted missions. If this 


HERALD OF TRUTH. 

policy Is carried out for the next decade, we feel 
sure that it will place our India work in a posi- 
tion of great advantage. We have a good foot- 
hold, but the lack of support has so far forbidden 
possible development to anything like the extent 
required for really successful work. It is to be 
hoped the sentiment for conserving what has al- 
ready been won, and developing it, will find favor 
with the General Missionary Committee.” 

There it is from a mission over fifty years in 
India and with plenty of experience in other lands. 
Read it over carefully three times, paste it into 
your hat, and then pray carefully before you take 
steps that ripe, old experience has proved unwise. 
We long for the lime when a strong Christian 
church representing the principles of the Menno- 
nites shall be established in every land under the 
sun, but it would be mere reckless folly - to push 
blindly on with "new things" while the seed al- 
ready planted is rotting for want of attention or 
being choked with weeds. 

Yours for the Master, 

J. A. RESSLER. 

Dhamtari, C. P., India, Dec. 11, 1907. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

THE GRACE OF GOD. 

By Pre. Jacob Wollner. 

As it has pleased God to prolong my days and 
to bless me with reasonably good health, I was 
able to visit all the church districts in our county 
during the past season and also some of the con- 
gregations outside. Now in my declining years I 
am brought to think how good and gracious God 
is toward the human family, and this has brought 
to my mind the words of the apostle (Tit. 2:11). 
“For the grace of God that brings salvation hath 
appeared to all men.” 

Then the apostle goes on and tells us what 
grace does for us: "Teaching us that denying 
ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live 
soberly (modest and chaste), righteously and 
godly in this present world.” This means that we 
should live piously and devoutly in this present 
evil world, looking for that hope and glorious 
appearing of the great God, our Savior, Jesus 
Christ. 

In this epistle of Paul to Titus, his own son, 
as he calls him, speaking in reference to our com- 
mon faith, he gives him instructions both in doc- 
trine and as regards his manner of living. He 
also has reference in this instruction to the duty 
devolving upon all Christian people and then he 
gives the reason why we should adorn the doctrine 
of God in all things, not only in part, but in all 
that we do. "We - are to do it to the honor and 
glory of God; for the grace of God that bringeth 
salvation has appeared to all men. 

Grace is a free gift; something that no one 
has any claim upon. After man had transgressed 
the commandment of God, the infinite bather in 
mercy, in compassion and love looked down upon 
him and in the fulness of time sent his own be- 
loved Son into this world that whosoever be- 
lieved on him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life. From this we can readily see that 
man had no claim on God. God did not owe any- 
thing to any man, for God had foretold Adam and 
Eve what the result would be if they should par- 
take of the forbidden fruit. Now the grace of 
God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all 
men in this that God sent his only begotten Son 
into the world to suffer and die for the sins of 
all mankind. Christ, when dying on the cross, 
shedding his precious blood for the salvation of 
men, redeemed the human race by the sacrifice 
of himself on the cross. This he did for the 
whole human family, for as the apostle says, “He 
is the propitiation for our sins and not. for ours 
only, but for the sins of the whole world" (Uohn 
2:2). And we can only obtain salvation through 
him by faith and obedience, and then it is not of 
ourselves, but by the grace of God; it is a free 


gift from the hands of our heavenly Father 
(Eph. 2:8). 

What does grace teach us? The text says that 
denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should > 
live soberly, righteously and godly. How many 
of us are obeying this divine admonition? Is not 
our present so-called Christianity wrapped up in 
worldliness, in the lust of the eye, and the pleas- 
ures and vanities of the world? Let us consider 
what we are doing, for God is not mocked, but 
whatsoever a man soweth that also shall he reap. 

The apostle further says we should live soberly, 
righteously and godly. The foundation of God 
standeth sure, having this seal: “The Lord know- 
eth them that are ills, and let every one that 
nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity 
(2 Tim. 2:19). Now if we are living in the pleas- 
ures of this world, and the pride of life, can we 
look for the blessed and the gracious appearing of 
the great God, our Savior, Jesus Christ? Can we 
have a blessed hope if we do not deny ungodli- 
ness, if we do not live soberly and forsake all 
unrighteousness? Will his appearing, when he 
comes the second time, with the holy angels, unto 
judgment be a glorious appearing unto us? I am 
afraid not; for it is an awful thing to fall into 
the hands of the living God for all those who have 
lived in sin and disobedience. 

On the other hand it will be a blessed appear 
ing for those who have been obedient, those who 
have observed his teachings and obeyed his com- 
mandments. 

Only those who have made provisions for the 
future life and glory, and are ready when the 
Master cometh to call us home shall be permitted 
to stand at the right hand of the almighty Judge 
and hear his welcome voice when he shall say to 
them, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, to the 
kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of 
the world.” 

For the Herald of Truth. 

REPORT 

Of the Bible Meeting held at the Pleasant Grove 

M. H. near Martinsburg, Pa., Dec. 23-28, 1907. 

The following officers were elected: Moderator. 
W. C. Hershberger; assistant moderator, Abram 
Metzler; secretary. N. E. Miller; treasurer. H. B. 
Ranter ; chorister, John Kanagy. 

The following subjects were discussed by A. D. 
Wenger: Obedience, Evils of the Tongue, Proph- 
ecies concerning Christ, Practical Piety in Busi- 
ness, Feet-washing, Christian Fellowship, Bible 
Teaching on Dress, Devotional Covering, Missions. 

The following subjects were discussed by D. H. 
Bender: Development of Christian Character, 

Heaven, the Holy Spirit, Christian Discipleship. 
Birth and Early Life of Christ, Practical Piety in 
The Home, Temperance, Popular Evils, Repent- 
ance, Sanctification. 

The evenings were devoted to practical queries, 
a workers’ meeting and sermon. 

There was manifested throughout the meeting 
a strong spirit of mutual interest and devotion in 
the work. 

The congregation almost unanimously expressed 
a willingness to live closer to the gospel teaching 
of modest apparel. All were impressed with the 
beauty of love and sympathy in the home, faith- 
fulness to the church and obedience to God's 
word. 

As a result of the evangelistic efforts five souls 
confessed Christ and three renewed their vows 
to God. 

Following are a few of the thoughts given: 

"Repent," was the first call of John the Baptist. 
Christ and the Holy spirit at Pentecost: 

The Holy Spirit brings things to the remem- 
brance of the teacher who has diligently studied 
God’s word. 

Character is what I am; reputation, what others 
suppose me to be. 

Neglect of wearing the devotional covering is a 
gateway that leads to other forms of worldliness. 

Man paves the way either for the blessings or 
curses of God. N. E. MILLER, Secy. 


HFUaLID OF TRUTH.. 


TIDINGS from the ClllIRCII AT HOME » ABROAD 


FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

India. — American Meunonlte Mission, Dhamtarl, 

C. P., India. Stations: Sundarganj, Rudri, 

Leper Asylum, Balodgahan. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

Chicago. — Home Mission, 145 W. 18th Street, Chi- 
cago, 111. A. H. Leaman, Supt. 

Chicago. — Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 
Ave. and 26th Street, Chicago, 111. 

Chicago. — Hoyne Avenue Mission, Cor. 33d Street 
and Hoyne Avenue. 

Toronto, Canada.— Home Mission, 481 King Street, 

E Toronto. Samuel Honderich, Supt. 

Welsh Mountain.— Welsh Mountain Industrial Mis- 
sion, New Holland, Pa., R. F. D. No. 4. Noah 
H. Mack, Supt. 

Philadelphia. — Mennonite Home Mission, Cor. Am- 
ber and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, Pa 
Ft. Wayne.— 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft. Wayne, Ind. 

J. M. Hartzler, Supt. 

Lancaster.— 462 Rockland Street, Lancaster Pa. 
Canton. — Mission Home, 1934 East Eighth Street, 
Canton, Ohio. P. R. Lantz, Supt. 

Kansas City.— 200 S. Seventh St., Kansas City, 
Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. 

BENEVOLENT AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS. 
Orphans’ Home.— West Liberty, Ohio. A. Metzler, 

Old People’s Home.— Marshallville, Ohio, R. F. D. 

J. D. Mininger, Supt. 

Old People's Home.— Oreville, Pa. A. K. Diener, 

La Junta Sanitarium. — La Junta, Colo. D. S. 
Weaver, Supt. 

The Sunday school maintained by the brother- 
hood of East Lampeter, Lancaster Co., Pa., closed 
on the last Sunday in the year, Dec. 29, with ap- 
propriate exercises. The teachers presented their 
classes with appropriate cards and other tokens 
of kindness. It always makes the hearts of the 
children glad when they receive a reward for 
their faithful attendance at Sunday school. 

* * • 

Bro. Jacob Woolner, one of our aged co-workers 
in the Lord’s vineyard in Canada, writes us under 
recent date: This may be the last time that 1 

shall be permitted to write to you. I am now 
past eighty-one years of age, and I cannot be 
thankful enough to our heavenly Father for the 
manifold blessings he has bestowed upon me 
during my life’s journey. When I think back to 
my boyhood's years, just after we had come into 
this new country and were without a home, 
it pleased God to take mother away— but God 
always has ways and means for his children, and 
for all who put their trust in him. 


Columbia, Pa., Jan. 10, 1908.— Dear Readers of 
the Herald:— Greeting. The Word says, “Give 

unto the Lord the glory due unto his name" (Psa. 
96:8). Consider how great things he hath done 
0 Sam. 12:24). We shall tell of things that the 
Lord has done. He has from time to time brought 
his servants to this place helping to proclaim 
the words of eternal life. The last of a number 
of ministers who have come here to preach the 
Word, was Bro. A. D. Wenger of Millersville 
Pa., who filled the appointment last Sunday after- 
noon (Jan. 5), and also conducted services here 
in the evening. The Lord has also brought others 
to help; some by giving of their means, some by 
giving Bibles and hymn books, others by their 
prayers, and some by giving clothing for the 
needy. In this way the East Petersburg Sewing 
Circle has helped in the good work by giving 
clothing for the needy. By this we are reminded 
of the words, “My little children, let us not love 
in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in 
truth" (1 John 3:18). We should have been 
pleased if those who gave clothing could have 
seen how gladly the poor little children accepted 
them and heard them say, “Thank yon. There 
are a number of needy people here in town at 
present, owing largely to the fact that a number 
of the mills in the town are not in operation. 
At the present time there are in all six members 


of our faith residing in this place. Two others, 
residing here, expect to attend the instruction 
meeting soon (which will be at Mountville for 
applicants for membership) and become members 
of the Mennonite church. Last Sunday there were 
thirty-four pupils present in the Sunday school, 
not including some others who were in the Bible 
class. We are pleased to have other come and 
help and encourage the work. Pray for the 
work at this place. CHARLES B. BYERS. 

* * • 

Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 6, 1908.— I arrived home 
from Canton Mission, where l have been for some 
time, on Jan. 3. The work there is prospering. 
We had there six confessions recently, and they 
were to be received into church membership 
yesterday (Jan. 5), if there was no preventing 

providence. COR. 

* * * 

Birch Tree, Mo., Jan. 3, 1908.— Meetings are in 

progress here. Bro. Perry Shenk is earnestly 
preaching the Word. Saints are being strength- 
ened and sinners are being faithfully warned ot 
their lost condition. One precious young soul 
has accepted her Savior. May others be won, is 

our prayer. COR. 

♦ * • 

Peabody, Kan., Jan. 6, 1908.— To the Brother- 
hood : — Greeting. We are having fine winter 

weather. Bro. Good of Sterling, 111., is here at 
present conducting a series of meetings for us in 
the Catlin congregation. No visible results so 
far. but we hope at least some precious souls 
may make the good confession before the meet- 
ings close. COR. 

• * • 

Ephrata, Pa., Jan. 7, 1908.— Dear Herald Read 
ers:— I wish you all a happy New Year. Blessed 
is the man that endureth temptation; for when 
he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, 
which the Lord has promised to them that love 
him (Jas. 1:12). We again reorganized our Sun- 
day school for the coming year, as follows: Super- 
intendent, Bro. John Buckwalter; assistant super- 
intendent, Simon Hess; chorister, A. N. Wolf; 
assistant chorister, Elam Landis; secretary and 
treasurer. Jonas Frank. Our services on Sunday 
were conducted by Bro. John Bucher and Bro. 
Huber of Kinzer. 

We expect to have an all-day Sunday school 
meeting on Jan. 25, and the following day (Jan. 
3ff) our continued meetings will open, to be con- 
ducted by Bro. Jacob Hershey of Lititz, Pa. Can 
we as followers of Christ realize our responsibility 
toward the unsaved? If so, I am sure we will all 
put forth a special effort in fasting and praying, 
asking in faith, nothing wavering; for he that 
wavereth is like the wave of the sea driven with 
i the wind and tossed. “Let not that man think 
r that he shall receive anything of the Lord” (Jas. 

, 1;6 7). p ra y for us. Your unworthy servant, 

ELIZABETH D. WITWER. 


Dhamtari, C. P-, India, Dec. 12, 1907.— Dear 
Ones in the Home Land: — Greeting in the name 
of Jesus, who is our protector whether we are on 
land or at sea. What a comfort it is that we can 
trust him for all. knowing that he is faithful and 
will do all that he has promised and more! 

I have not time to write a long letter to-day, 
but wish to inform you that we will leave Bom- 
bay on the 15th of February, on the ship Balduino 
of the Italian line. 

As we shall be very glad to get letters along 
the way, 1 am giving you the dates on which to 
have your letters at New York and where to ad- 
dress them to: 

Letter** leaving New York Jan. 29, addressed 
S. a. D. Balduino for Naples. M. C. Lapp, Aden, 
Arabia, (if not called for, forward to Mohea, Va., 
11. S. A. 


. January 16, 

Letters leaving New York Feb. 6, addressed 
M. C. Lapp, S. S. D. Balduino, Port Said, Egypt, 
care of Thomas Cook & Son. 

Letters leaving New York Feb. 12, addressed 
S. S. D. Balduino, care of Thomas Cook & Son, 
Naples, Italy. 

This leaves us all quite well, and we are happy 
in the work. As the time draws near for us to go 
and leave the work we so much love it is hard to 
keep from shedding tears. 

We only leave the work for a season. Were it 
not that we have great hopes of returning again 
it would be much harder to leave. With the 
hope of seeing you before many months I close 
for to-day. Kindest Christian regards to you all. 

M. C. LAPP. 

* * * 

Chicago, III., Jan. 2, 1908.— On %w Year’s day 
the annual dinner was given at the Home Mis- 
sion. The children as usual appreciated the ef- 
forts of the country people who kindly sent in 
the eatables. Long before the hour set for the 
meal the boys and girls were lined up in front of 
the hall, waiting for admittance, which was by 
tickets given them the previous Sunday. About 
180 children marched in to the first table. One 
might think children would forget and as soon 
as they were seated would start to eat greedily , 
but not so. They waited until they were told to 
eat. As soon as the first tables were filled Bro. 
Leaman tapped the bell and all were quiet. He 
then led the song, “Praise ye the Lord.” The 
children all sang cheerfully. Afterward he read 
the old story of “the feeding of the five thousand” 
and offered prayer. The warm things were then 
set before the children and thanks offered for 
the food. All started to eat at once. Some ate 
very fast and greedily, others ate more daintily and 
did not want more than their neighbors had. 
Some were not satisfied with what their stomachs 
held, but filled their pockets with good cookies 
as well when the workers did not see them. 
There were three tables filled, feeding over four 
hundred children and the last table had nearly 
seventy-five older people, who were there to help, 
making nearly five hundred in all who were fed. 
The bill of fare was chicken, mashed potatoes, 
bread and butter, sandwiches, pickles, applebutter, ( 
jelly and different kinds of cake. The Mission 
provided each child with an orange. The children 
were waited on by the mission workers and as- 
sisted by other visiting help. There were also 
quite a number of country people in to see and 
help along, which is always much appreciated by 
the workers. 

At the last table Dr. Ebersole gave a short 
address on the early life of the Mission, when he 
and M. S. Steiner opened up the first Mennonite 
Mission here at 145 W. 18th Street. By his talk 
we could see a decided growth in the mission 
work and we need not ask any more, Does it pay? 

No doubt some of these children will not enjoy 
another such meal until the next annual dinner, 
i We hope they were not only fed on the material 
; things, but also on the things that always satisfy 
the soul. May those who helped and contributed 
to this most worthy cause remember the words 
of Jesus, “Whosoever shall give you a cup of 
water to drink in my name * * * shall not lose 
r his reward.” S. T. MILLER. 


Fort Wayne, Ind., Jan. 10, 1908. — To the Dear 
Readers of the Herald of Truth : -Christmas is 
past and the new year has been ushered in. We 
feel thankful for what God has done for us the 
past year and ask his blessings for the present 
year We are bound for eternity and are happy 
on the way. We ask God that his Spirit may lead 
us continually and that we may be instrumental 

in leading others to him. 

On Sunday evening after Christmas we had our 
Christmas exercises. The evening was rainy, but 
yet the hall was crowded. The exercises con- 
sisted of recitations and songs by the children. 
Everything passed off nicely and all enjoyed 
tnemselves. That same afternoon we had one 
hundred and thirty-two present at Sunday school 


MHiLAJLr> OF TRUTH. 


and at the close we gave each one a present of 
candy, nuts, an apple and an orange. Last Sun- 
day we had one hundred and forty-eight present 
with fifty-four in the primary class under one 
teacher, when there should be at least three or 
more. Our present needs are more teachers and 
more room. 

Bro. King is here at present holding meetings 
for us. He expects to leave to-morrow morning 
for Cullom, 111. We have five converts at pres- 
ent, with others under conviction. Our prayer 
is that God may so lead us by his Spirit that each 
message may make a deeper impression on them 
until they become willing to make an uncon- 
ditional surrender. We ask an interest In your 
prayers to this end. 

Last week every afternoou from two to four 
we had a Bible conference at this place. The 
meetings were fairly well attended and no doubt 
were profitable to all. The brethren Jacob Gerig 
from Ohio, Eli Bontrager from Michigan, and Ben- 
jamin Gerig and wife of Graybill, Ind., came on 
Thursday about noon. Jacob Gerig left that after- 
noon for Goshen, to visit his brother. Bro. Gerig 
and wife were here until Friday evening, and 
Bro. Bontrager was here until Monday morning, 
when he left for home. We were glad for their 
visit and their encouragement. 

We wish to make an appeal, especially to the 
brethren and sisters in Indiana and Michigan, upon 
whom the support of this Mission chiefly rests, 
for more means to carry on the work. The work 
is growing and we need the hearty support of all. 
We need your prayers and means. Yours for the 
Master, J. M. HARTZLER. 

• • • 

Toronto Mennonite Home Mission, Jan. 10, 1908. 

On Dec. 27 the workers and brethren and sisters 
who came to the city to lend a hand, had the 
pleasure of serving a dinner to 138 needy chil- 
dren. This was our first attempt along this line, 
and from seeing the many eager and happy faces 
we all felt thankful to our heavenly Father for 
this privilege of satisfying so many of his little 
ones. We also feel very grateful for the liberal 
contributions from the brotherhood for this event. 
Besides provisions, over six dollars were left to 
add to the general fund. 

Jan. 2 Bro. J. S. Mussleman of Lancaster City, 
Pa., arrived to join us in the work at this place. 
We need not tell you that we appreciate his 
assistance very much. However, we are yet very 
much in need of a qualified sister to devote her 
services to the cause at this place. 

After the 17th Bro. Bergey will be obliged to 
leave the city again for some time. We appreci- 
ate his help very much and wish he could be 
present oftener. 

Remember us as you gather around your family 
altars. Yours for the Master, 

S. HONDERICH. 

• * • 

.Johnstown, Pa., Jan. 10, 1908. — On Saturday. 
Dec. 21, 1907, my wife and I left our home for a 
trip to Blair Co., Pa. We arrived in Roaring 
Springs at three o’clock p. m. and were met at 
the station by Dea. Herman Snyder. After sup- 
per my wife went to Pre. Abram Snyders. Bro. 
Herman and I went to Ore Hill M. H., where 
Bro. Abram Metzler was holding meetings. He 
spoke from Psa. 8:4. Ore Hill is a mission sta 
tion, but the people seem to be hungry for the 
truth. There were several conversions during the 
meetings. Sunday morning, the 22d, we attended 
Sunday school in the Roaring Springs M. H. 
After the lesson the . school was treated with 
candy. We took dinner with Pre. Jacob Snyder, 
after which Bro. Herman took me and wife to 
the Ore Hill Sunday school, where I enjoyed my- 
self teaching a class of boys. This school was 
also treated with candy. May a kind heavenly 
Father speed the day that we all may see that 
the candy system will be put away. On Sunday 
evening we attended a young people’s meeting in 
the Roaring Springs M. H.. after which Bro. 
Jacob Snyder took for his text John 19:5, and 


preached a practical sermon. On Monday after- 
noon we took the train to the Pleasant Grove 
M. H., where a Bible conference was to be held 
for four and a half days. The conference was 
interesting throughout. The teachings were Bible 
truthB and to the point. May God help us to 
make use of them. There were four interesting 
sermous preached during the conference by the 
following brethren: A. D. Wenger, Amos Kolb, 
E. J. Blough and W. C. Hershberger. The con- 
ference closed ou Saturday noon, and in the 
evening Bro. A. D. Wenger preached at the same 
place from 2 Pet. 3:9. On Sunday morning Bro. 
Wenger preached in the Roaring Springs M. H. 
We were in the Sunday school in the Martins- 
burg M. H. This school was also treated on the 
22d, but not with candy. They took the wise 
course and gave them good books. May we fol- 
low their example. Another admirable feature 
in this school is that they hold two collections — 
one for the benefit of the school; the other during 
the last quarter was to help Sister Elsie Drange 
pay her way to India; the first quarter of this 
year will be for the India Mission. May God 
bless their efforts. After the close of the school 
Bro. Jacob L. Bucher took for his text 1 Cor.l3:13. 
He was assisted by Amos Kolb and John N. Durr. 
After the sermon one dear young sister was re- 
ceived into church fellowship by water baptism, 
administered by Bish. Durr. In the afternoon we 
visited our aged brother and sister, Jacob Eber- 
sole. Bro. Jacob is confined to his chair and has 
been the most of the time for nine years, ou 
account of a stroke of paralysis. While there we 
held worship with them. He seemed to enjoy it 
very much. May God bless the dear brother in 
his’ affliction. In the evening we were in the 
Pleasant Grove M. H. again. Bro. Wenger spoke 
from Heb. 4:7. 

Monday we left for home, arriving there at 
4 p. m. and found all well. This trip was indeed 
a heavenly feast to us. Another conference is 
past, but we hope the effects of it may show 
themselves in our every-day lives. This should 
be the prayer of all. From your brother, 

LEVI BLAUCH. 

For the Herald of Truth 

OUR MICHIGAN LETTER. 

By Aldus Brackbill. 


We took dinner with my mother at her home 
at Bro. B. F. Weavers. We went to Sunday 
school and church. Our beloved brother, D. H. 
Moseman, preached from Judges 14:14. We also 
attended the evening services, which were very 
impressive. Bro. Moseman again conducted the 
services. We visited 110 homes during the week, 
which was very beneficial to us. We shall ever 
remember the kindness with which the people 
received us, for which we are very grateful to 
God and those who conferred it. 

In many homes we visited, the parting words 
were, “May God go with you.” We regret that 
there were a number of homes that it was im- 
possible for us to visit. To these we would say. 
We are very sorry and wish you all God’s rich 
blessing. 

On Thursday of this week we attended the all- 
day Sunday school meeting at the Chestnut Street 
M. H., which we enjoyed very much, and on Satur- 
day evening we went to the song service at Bro. 
B. F. Weaver’s, which was well attended and 
juuch interest was manif e sted. Bro. B. F, Herr 
led the meeing, and Bro. J. H. Moseman led in 
the opening prayer and gave a very interesting 
address, after which Bro. Ezra Weaver gave us 
a few interesting remarks. We feel safe in say- 
ing that all present enjoyed the little meeting. 

On Tuesday evening of the same week we were 
at a song service at Sister Miller’s, No. 107 W. 
King street. Bro. D. H. Moseman led the meet 
Ing. Bro. Hess led in the opening prayer and 
Bro. Moseman gave an address. As the weather 


was very unpleasant, there wpre not so many 
present, but nevertheless we spent a very profita- 
ble evening together. 

On Sunday. Dec. 8, we went to Sunday school 
and remained for the instruction of the class of 
young applicants, a class in which I was much 
Interested and am still, though we are now 700 
miles apart. I am still praying that God may keep 
your little hands to work for him, and your little 
hearts filled with love for him, your minds to 
think of him. your feet in the right paths for him. 
and your eyes looking unto him, and that you may 
ever remain little soldiers in his service, having 
Jesus for your captain, and that you may war 
a good warfare, having the shield of faith, the 
helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteous- 
ness, and your feet shod with the preparation of 
the gospel of peace, and the sword of the Spirit, 
which is the word of God (Eph. 6). 

May God keep us all to go on conquering and 
to conquer. 

In the evening we went to the Rockland Street 
Mission and stayed there for the young people’s 
meeting, in which we have been and are still very 
much Interested. May God especially bless the 
two sisters in their labors for the lost in Lancas- 
ter City and for the church. May they ever stand 
for simplicity and modesty as it was once deliv- 
ered to the saints. 

Let us as a church remember those who know 
what it is to live out what we are taught in Luke 
14:26. Let us remember home and foreign work 
and help to bring into fulfilment the declaration 
of the prophet that the earth shall be full of the 
knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the 
sea. 

After the children’s meeting Bro. Daniel Gish 
and Bro. Abr. Eckleman conducted the meeting 
that followed. , We attended the meeting at the 
Chestnut Street M. H. Bro. John H. Moseman 
preached the sermon. 

After service we bade good-by to a large num- 
ber of the members, perhaps for the last time on 
earth, at least for some of us. We stayed all 
night with J. F. Rohrers and on Monday morning 
we were gia.il to see so many gathered at the 
depot to see us off. We left on the 10:35 train. 
May God bless all our friends and the beloved 
church we left. Our first stop was at Greensburg. 
We reached there at 6 p. m. and from there went 
to Scottdale on the trolley, reaching our destina- 
tion at 7 o’clock in the evening. 

At the station we were met by Bro. D. Kauff- 
man. Bro. A. D. Martin and Sister Ella Bauman 
and Sister Martin. They conducted us to the 
home of A. D. Martin, where we also met Bro. 
Aaron Loucks and Michael Smoker. After spend- 
ing the evening together very profitably and hav- 
ing devotional exercises we retired for the night. 

After devotional exercises and breakfast in the 
morning we visited the Gospel Witness Publish- 
ing House, where we took part in the morning 
devotional services, which is the custom there 
each morning. This was very impressive to me. 
and I have since wondered how many business 
places start the day’s work with worshiping the 
true and living God. I know a number that start 
the day with profaning the name of God. Can we 
not all find time to have a family altar where the 
mother can gather her little children around her 
and kneel with them in prayer, having one of the 
number lead in an audible prayer, so that the 
children may early learn that we are talking 
directly to God? (To be continued.) 

Old Testament: Kingdom revealed. Gospels: 
Kingdom at hand, rejected. Acts and Epistles : 
Kingdom in abeyance, church and bride prepared. 
Revelation: Kingdom come and established. 


I have been driven many times to my knees by 
the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere 
else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about 
me seemed insufficient for the day. — [Abraham 
Lincoln.] 



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HKK.VLD OF TRUTtl 


January 16, 


YOUNG PEOPLE’S BIBLE-HEETINC PAGE 


TOPIC: Commissions and Omissions. Mark 16: 1 5, 16; Ezek. 3 : 17-21, (—* Jan. 26, ’08 


THE LESSON MOTTO. 

Since thou, O Lord, hast commissioned every 
disciple to take active part in bringing the gospel 
to every creature, help me as one of thy followers 
to be faithful in this glorious work. 

DAILY READINGS. 

January, 1908. 

20 . m. — P romising and not doing. Matt. 

21. T. — Workers needed. Luke 10:1, 2. 

99 w — Putting other things first. Luke 9:57-62. 

23 . t. — D anger of omission. Matt. 23:23-39; Luke 

11 * 39-52. 

24 p —Joy of faithful fulfilment. 2 Tim. 4:7, 8 . 

95 s —Beautified by the message. Isa. 52:7, 8; 

Rom. 10:12-21. 

26 . s. — Commissions and Omissions. Mark 16. 

15, 16; Ezek. 3:17-21. 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE. 

It is remarkable that after Jesus, having re- 
served the one great and all-important commis- 
sion to his disciples, made it plain to all ages 
that his gospel is to be made known by human 
instrumentalities, there can be one soul who 
claims to have received the love of God into the 
heart who could be indifferent or opposed to the 
present-day fulfilment of this great commission 
to the full extent of his power. This is a long 
and perhaps a strong statement, but the word of 
God is still far longer and stronger on the ma<- 
ter, for as shown by the daily readings God con- 
demns those who neglect this duty. The angel 
that appeared to the shepherds on the plains of 
Judea sounded the clarion note of mission work 
under the new dispensation when he said, “Be- 
hold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which 
shall be to all people." Who is to carry the 
heaven-brought message to all the people but the 
earthly angels or messengers of God, among 
whom you and I, if we are true children of God, 
are numbered. This is God’s plan not man’s. To 
oppose it or even be indifferent to it is to oppose, 
to fight against God. What a strange position 
for a professed follower of Christ to be opposed 
to his one great work! The angel said. “I bring 
vou good tidings * * * which shall be to all peo 
pie” The Savior said, in effect: “Carry these 
good tidings to all people.” The same message 
goes to all ages and generations. To every gen- 
eration the gospel story and the great commis- 
sion comes anew. Not all accept it. But the 
children of those who have not believed or ac- 
cepted the “report” mentioned by Isaiah (53:1) 
are not res|K>nsible for the neglect of their 
parents, even as we are not charged for the neg 
lect of our parents, or credited for their virtues 
and their deeds. Yet. if our parents have taught 
us the way of life and we have entered it, then 
,lo we become in duty bound to listen and obey 
when Jesus’ message comes to us. “Go ye.’ 
Where ? To those very ones who are to-day 
languishing in darkness, because their fathers or 
our fathers or others have neglected to spread 
or to heed the gospel message. If any one com- 
mand of Christ to his first disciples is binding 
upon us, then all are, and the command to “go 
and preach to all nations” is included in these. 
The command is plain, the way is open, the prom- 
ise is sure, the reward great. Why not go? Our 
religion is our faith in action. . Is it our belief 
that the gospel is for the whole world? Then 
do we show our belief by our love, our life? 
Remember that the original meaning of believe 
was be-live. It is a poor veneer of faith that 
does not belive the gospel in obeying the great- 
est commission that Christ ever gave to saved 
and redeemed men and women. The command 
to “go” is to be obeyed in one or all of three 
ways: 1. Go. 2. Let go. 3. Help go. Not to 


obey this command puts us on the same level 
with the slothful steward, and for his neglect he 
was cast into outer darkness and is wailing and 
gnashing his teeth to-day. 

BIBLE HINTS. 

Mark 16:15. In Matt. 28:18 Jesus says, “All 
power (authority) is given unto me in heaven 
and in earth.” He would therefore say that the 
highest authority in heaven and earth bids yon 
go and preach the gospel to every creature. The 
disciples could not preach the gospel to those 
who lived after them. Then either the preaching 
of the gospel must cease entirely with their 
death or else those coming after them must 
through all ages preach just as they were com 
manded to preach, namely the whole gospel to 
the whole world. Is it being done to-day? Could 
it be done to-day? Let it be known once for all 
that by the words of our l-ord the missionary 
office is bound upon the church through all ages, 
till every part of the earth shall have been evan - 
gelized. Hence to omit this duty is clearly a neg- 
lect for which the Supreme Authority that spoke 
these words will hold every individual, every 
church and generation accountable that does not 
earnestly and untiringly labor to this end. 

Mark 16:16. What an awful contrast the al- 
mighty Savior here brings to our vision! There 
is no mincing of wonls. Jesus was kind and 
tender, but he preached the truth. Saved or 
damned is written on every human heart. It is 
a terrible thought that atonement has been made 
for all mankind and yet through the negligence 
and indifference of those who claim to have ac- 
cepted by faith this wonderful salvation, the great 
majority of people in all generations are damned. 
Who is doing it? Write in letters that reach 
to the clouds the word OMISSION. And say it 
in thunder tones to a sleeping generation. There 
is another phase to this. The world that knows 
not Jesus, is lost; but the world that will not 
believe after it knows, is damned, “condemned 
already, because they believed not” on Jesus. 

Ezek. 3:17- The faithful watchman of Gods 
people watches for their safety, preaches for their 
edification and prays for their eternal welfare. 
Hence God. who is particularly Jealous lest any 
words but his own be taught for divine doctrine, 
says to all watchmen, all teachers, “Give them 
warning from me.” “Teach them to observe all 
things." etc. God’s word alone will save souls. 
Human traditions and theories cannot save. 

Ezek. 3:18. God says to the wicked, “Thou 
shall surely die.” A faithless generation of pul- 
pit posers says. Oh. you are all right. Do the 
best you can. and all is well. Ah, preacher of 
men’s theories. God says to you, “The same 
wicked .man (whom thou hast not warned from 
me) shall die in his iniquity but his blood will 
I require at thine hand.” The sin of OMISSION 
will have to be finally accounted for. 

Ezek. 3:19- This clears the faithful minister, 
even though he gain no soul. It is our business 
to proclaim the unvarnished message to the 
wicked, “Thou shalt surely die.” If they do not 
hear or heed, they have no excuse and you arc 
Tree. By wicked are meant all who have not ac- 
cepted God's plan of salvation. God calls them 
wicked. There are many very “respectable” 
wicked people, but they will have to settle the 
matter of the "epithet.” as they call it. with God. 
But. oh. what a perdition awaits the faithless 
minister upon whose soul the loss of hundreds of 
lost ones will be visited! 

Ezek. 3:2ft. 21. Another phase of a watchman s 
work, is the fact that a saved man may go 


astray. Such need to be faithfully warned, and 
restored, “in the spirit of meekness,” otherwise 
they and he who warned them not will be held 
accountable before God. Silence over a man’s 
iniquity gives consent to it, and that means 
spiritual murder and suicide. 

ILLUSTRATIONS. 

Perpetual Watchfulness. 

A minister, in giving advice to an intimate 
friend, said, “Accustom your children always to 
tell the truth without varying in any circum- 
stance.” A lady who was present protested that 
this was too much to expect. “For instance, in 
repeating another’s words, relating what hap- 
pened, etc., little variations will occur a thousand 
times a day, unless one is perpetually watching,” 
she said. “Then, madam, you ought to be per 
petually watching,” replied the minister. Even 
so in presenting God’s word. We are to take 
our words from God (Ezek. 3:17). He holds us 
to strict account for what we say. One thought- 
less word may trip a soul into hell. Watchman, 
watch your own words and ways while you are 
watchman for others. 

Two Different Ways of Going. 

Two neighbors, both professing Christians, each 
had an only son. The son of the one, like the 
prodigal, had left his father’s house to escape 
from what he thought too rigid and unreasoning 
discipline. In reality, however, the father meant 
well, but was not wise nor consistent in the ap- 
plication of his methods, thus repelling from, in- 
stead of leading the son toward religion. In 
course of time the son of the other became a 
Christian and felt called to go into the mission 
field. The two fathers discussed the matter one 
day when they met. The first one strongly dis- 
suaded the other from consenting to let his son 
go, “for,” said he, “there are plenty of heathen 
at home.” “But,” said the other, “let me sug- 
gest that If you feel so, get your own son to do 
the home work; I had rather send my son to the 
uttermost parts of the earth to declare the un- 
searchable riches of Christ than have him in the 
bar room of the village hotel (where the other 
son was engaged) and know that he is leading 
others to perdition.” The rebuke was well mer- 
ited, and in time the opponent to mission work 
was led to a new conception of God’s love. 
Through it he learned to approach his wayward 
son in a different way, and had the inexpressible 
joy of seeing his only child become a humble 
follower of Christ, and a faithful home mission 
worker. The miracles of grace have not ceased. 
Faithful warnings work many miracles. 

A SUGGESTION. 

Want of space forbids the use of illustrations 
showing how faithful ministry in church and Sun- 
day school as well as In a private way has saved 
many souls, or how neglect or false teaching has 
made many to stumble and fall into everlasting 
death. Call to mind incidents of this nature with 
which you are familiar, and present them to the 
meeting. Also dwell on the fact that the Chris- 
tian is in very nature a missionary, that he 
preaches Jesus in his words, walks and ways, and 
how omission to do so constitutes not only a 
faithless follower of Christ, but causes many to 
miss heaven at his hands. 

SUBJECTS FOR TALKS OR ESSAYS. 

1. Why is a Christian a missionary? 

2. Accountable to God — for what? 

3. Our opportunities. What are they? 

4. Speaking as God directs. 


1908. 


HERALD OF TRUTH 


33 


Young People’s Department j 

Dr. Algernon S. Crapsey, a minister of Roches- 
ter, N. Y., will meet M. M. Mangasarian, of the 
“Independent Religious Society.” in public de- 
bate at Orchestra Hail in Chicago on the evening 
of Jan. 21 on the question, “Resolved, That the 
Jesus of the New Testament is a historical per- 
sonage,” Dr. Crapsey speaking in the affirmative, 
while Mangasarian will contend that the Jesus 
of the New Testament is an ideal, or mythical, 
character, existing only in the imagination of the 
believer. When one scans some of the literature 
of to-day one is not surprised that there should 
be a growing, organized, “religious society,” that 
denies not only that Jesus was not divine, but 
that he ever existed. That is worse infidelity 
than even Bob Ingersoll could ever be accused of. 
* 

The degenerating tendency of socialism is al- 
ways evident wherever it has opportunity to 
manifest its principles in a practical way. Ger- 
many hailed socialism as a panacea for the 
political, financial and religious trouble and un- 
rest. a decade or two ago. To-day the socialism 
of Germany is a menace to the empire. In Ber- 
lin only a few days ago a mob of 50,000 socialist 
rioters threatened the imperial palace and the 
parliament buildings. The mob was dispersed by 
soldiers and police only after a desperate en 
counter, in which many were wounded. Social- 
ism has many things in its avowed principles 
that sound beautiful, and attract the masses. But 
the fatal trouble with it all is that in its plea for 
equality and liberty it ignores Jesus of Nazareth 
as the divine Savior and Redeemer. Socialistic 
principles are supposed to call for universal 
brotherhood and the elimination of class and race 
distinction, but these principles cannot be carried 
out where the mind of Christ is lacking or is 
ignored, and thus socialism becomes, in practice, 
“every-man-for-himself.” an intensely selfish re- 
ligion, different only in quality and kind from 
the selfishness of the sordid, the proud and the 
vain world of to-day. The religion of Jesus Christ 
is absolutely the only religion that saves from 
selfishness, and no matter how long the creed, or 
how devout the profession, the religion that fos- 
ters. protects, defends or excuses any kind of 
human selfishness is not the religion of Jesus 
Christ, which alone offers salvation. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

GOING! WHERE? 

By Anna Stalter. 


years at most. They are not on the road that 
leads to final rest. They do not know that Jesus 
is the Savior of the world. You ask, Where are 
the missionaries? Do they not teach the people 
right about them? Have you ever thought of it 
that the number of persons to each missionary 
are not dozens or even hundreds, but thousands? 
It is impossible at the best to break the bread of 
life to more than a few of the people we see 
daily. 

Some of these people have perhaps heard that 
there is such a thing as the Christian religion, 
but do not know what it means or that it is for 
them. 

Sometimes I almost wonder if we as Christian 
people are really in earnest. Does our being 
saved mean enough to us that we want others 
to share this greatest of all blessings, eternal 
life? If so, what are we doing to help them? 
Let each reader of these lines ask him- or herself 
the question. Do I care if those ' people have 
eternal life or not? Do I really care enough for 
them that I will give some of my prayers, time, 
means or even myself, in order that they may be 
saved ? 

They are going! But where? 

Dhamtari, C. P., India, Dec. 4, 1907. 

’TIS SWEET TO LOOK ABOVE. 

Sel. by Susanna Hygema. 

While traveling through the wilderness. 
Weary and worn we roam, 

’Tis sweet to cast a look above 
And think we’re going home; 

To know that there the trials 
Of our pilgrimage shall cease, 

And all the waves of earthly woe 
Be hushed to heavenly peace. 

We tread in haste along 
With trembling and with fear: 

For this is not our home, 

We've no continuing here. 

Oh! for the death of those that die 
Like daylight in the west, 

That sink in peace like the waves of eve 
To calm, untroubled rest. 

They stand before their Father's, face, 

Their tears and conflicts, o’er. 

Redeemed and washed they rest at home, 
And shall go out no more. 

THE LOST TEN TRIBES. 

The attempt to account for the whereabouts 
of the Lost Ten Tribes forms one of the great 
curiosities of literature. Every people who, in 
any way — in appearance, in customs, in language, 
in religious rites — remotely suggested things 
Jewish, have had claim made for them by some 
one or other for the honor of descent from these 


been identified with Denmark. Besides traveling 
over the whole extent of Europe, they have also 
been found far toward the east in Asia. The 
Shindia. or holy class of Japan, have points of 
agreement with them which have generated a 
theory of descent. They use similar instruments 
in worship, their temple is divided into a holy 
and holy of holies, they dress similarly, and some 
Japanese look like Jews! It has been suggested 
that the Australians are they, because they prac- 
tice circumcision, and the Masai of British East 
Africa and a negro tribe In New Guinea have 
likewise been foisted on their good name. 

But stranger feats of traveling have been at- 
tributed to them. They traveled, it is claimed, 
from the extreme southwestern point of Asia to 
the extreme northeastern, crossed the Behring 
Strait, and in order to let themselves be identified 
with the Aztecs, neither stopped nor tarried on 
their journey along the whole western coast of 
North America until they came to Mexico. And 
in what way were the Aztecs and Jews similar? 
This is an unusual means of identification. They 
were both cowardly people, and both lacked char- 
ity. But the Aztecs were not their only descend- 
ants. A deposition was made in 1644 by a traveler 
(hat in Peru he had heard a number of natives 
recite the Shema, and they themselves declared 
they were descendants of Reuben, and the tribe 
of Joseph dwelt in the midst of the sea. Even 
William Penn and Roger Williams were convinced 
(hat the whole of the aboriginal inhabitants of 
North America, the Indians, were the Lost Ten 
Tribes, and any amount of literature has ap- 
peared in the discussion as to whether they were 
one and the same people. They were the mound- 
builders. the Delaware Indians, the Wyandottes, 
and all the other tribes. 

Altogether, enough theories have been formed 
lo make them ancestors not only of all the great 
divisions of mankind, but of most nations: Cau- 

casians. Mongolians, Negroes, Indians — all have 
the honor, and among the nations, all of the Ger- 
manic nations, the Hindus, the Afghans, Japan, 
China. Mexico, Peru, and any number of subject 
peoples. Though they were fairly civilized them- 
selves. they have degenerated to the savagery of 
Australian bushmen and risen to the enlighten- 
ment of modern England. 

The Lost Ten Tribes are lost, and every one 
who considers the theories that have been ad- 
vanced to re-dlscover them becomes similarly 
lost — lost in admiration for the imaginations of 
those who can read the movements of races by 
a nose or in a sound. The Jews are thought to 
have distinctive features, but it seems that classic 
refrain cannot be applied, “All Jews look alike to 
me,” Tor, according to this literary testimony, 
Jews must look like all other people. — [The Jew- 
ish Outlook.] 


■ 


This evening while returning from Dhamtari to 
Balodgahan we met many people who were re- 
turning from the Bazaar, which had been held 
five miles from Dhamtari and two from Balod- 
gahan. While traveling one mile of the distance 
we counted the people we met. which numbered 
one hundred and fifty-two. Some were in carts, 
but most of them were on foot. Some had been 
to the Bazaar to trade and get gain, others to 
buy their food supply for a few days or a week. 

These were all going, but where? Not one of 
them to a Christian home. Some are Moham- 
medans. some high-caste and some low-caste 
Hindus. Many of them in the prime of life, 
o the rs are stooped with the cares and hardships 
of many seasons. They were returning to their 
houses to cook, eat and sleep. They have no 
"homes.” There is no word in their vocabulary 
for “home.” They all say house, and house does 
not mean “home.” “Home is where mother 
dwells," the Christian mother — “a place where 
hearts blend in one.” etc., be it a mansion or a 
cottage. Let those of us who so dearly love the 
word “home” think of the condition of these 
people. 

They are going, but where? Some of them will 
live for many years, others for a few months or 


evanescent ancestors. The descendants of the 
two tribes of Judah and Benjamin seemed to have 
wandered far enough in the Diaspora, but if all 
th“ claims of the discovery of the Ten Tribes 
are considered, the Ten Tribes wandered far 
more afield and in far more remote corners of 
the globe. 

It is interesting merely as an example of the 
speculations of psuedo-scientists and imaginative 
travelers to note the many places where they 
have been discovered. 

The Abyssinlans are their descendants, the 
Beni-Israel of India, and the Nestorians of Meso- 
potamia. The Afghans claim them as ancestors, 
and the Karaites of Russia at one time secured 
exemption from military' service from the Czar 
on the ground that they were scions of the Ten 
Tribes and had naught to do with the crucifixion. 
They were the Scythians it has been attempted 
to prove, and the Scythians were the sires of the 
Hindus, and Buddhism accordingly was only a 
fraudulent development of the Old Testament. 
The Kareens of Burma use the same name for 
God (Ywwah) and a claim has been put in ac 
cordingly. They have been identified, via the 
Scythian identification, with the English people, 
and indeed the whole Teutonic race, and Dan has 


WELSH MOUNTAIN INDUSTRIAL MISSION. 

TREASURER’S REPORT. 
Contributions. — Ephraim Hershey, 50c; J. A. 
Umble, 94c; Henry Hershey, $6.37: Paradise Mis- 
sion Meeting, $46.12; D. N. Gish, $2.04; a Brother. 
Neb., $10; Friends, $17.64. Total. $S3.61. 

Receipts. — For Mdse., $810.16; labor, $9.88: 
Mdse, discount, 74c; telephone receipts, $1; bor- 
rowed, $708.16. Total for quarter. $1,613.55. Pre- 
vious receipts, $5,419.52. Total to Jan. 1, 1908, 
$7,033.07. 

Expenditures.— Paid for Mdse., $1,449.43: rent. 
$2: labor, $9.17; machinery and fixtures. $25.50: 
general expense, $103.16; borrowed money re- 
turned. $5.50. Total for quarter, $1,594.76. Pre- 
vious expenditures, $5,408.47. Total to Jan. 1. 
1 908, $7,003.23. 

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. 

Mrs. E. M. Zell, clothing. $1.31; Willing Work- 
ers, S. S.. clothing. $10.50: Lizzie M. Wenger, 
clothing. 50c; Sister J. B. Lindeman, clothing, 
$1.39; Sam’l Buckwalter. provisions, $1.20; S. H. 
Musselman. provisions. 50c: a Brother, provisions, 
50c: a Brother, provisions, 50c; a Brother, provi- 
sions. $1; a Brother, provisions, 50c; Amos H. 
Hershey, provisions, 50c: Brethren, corn. $7.50: 
a Sister, pigs. $ 6 . Total. $31.90. 

Gratefully acknowledged. 

NOAH H. MACK. 

Supt. and Treas. 

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EDITORIAL NOTES. 

A Bible conference is announced at the Belle- 
ville M. H. to commence on Jan. 27, 1908, and to 
continue for a week. 

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The Nappanee (Ind.) papers have in the recent 
past made radical changes. The News lias begun 
the issue of a daily edition, and the Advance 
is published semi-weekly. Both papers give the 
news in an up-to-date style that indicates busi- 
ness energy and prosperity. 

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The Mennonite Publishing Co. is just completing 
one million 24-page catalogues for the Elkhart 
Carriage Si Harness Manufacturing Co. The mail- 
ing of these catalogues began on the 14th and will 
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sand dollars to pay the postage. In this instance 
the stamps cost more than the cataftTgjies. 

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The report of (he last meeting of the new 
Mennonite Board of Publication, which was held 
at Goshen, Ind.. on Jan. 8-9, has just been re- 
ceived from the secretary, Bro. i. J. Buch waiter. 
The report was sent for publication and we expect 
to give it to our readers in our next week’s issue 
with some necessary remarks and comments. 

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Bro. A. Metzler, superintendent of the Menno- 
nite Orphans’ Home at West Liberty, Ohio, re- 
ports that they have fifty-two children in the 
Home. He states that they cannot nearly fill all 
the applications they re ceive for gir ls, but that 
they have quite a number of boys to place in good 
families. They range in age from about four to 
fourteen years. They are all well at tlje Home, 
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The quarterly Mennonite Sunday school mission 
meeting for Lancaster Co.. Pa., was held at Kin 
zers on Wednesday, Jan. 22, commencing at 9:30 
a. m. An interesting program had been prepared 
and we have no doubt but all who attended were 
interested and encouraged in the Sunday school 
mission work and will labor with a greater zeal 
than ever before. The Lord bless all the workers 
in his kingdom throughout all parts of the world. 
We hope the secretaries will send us a report of 
the meeting at an early date. 

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A sister writes us: “I herewith send you the 
subscription price for another year . 1 am well 

satisfied with you anil your paper, which I have 
now been getting for some time.” Subscriptions 
for the present year are coming in very satisfac- 
torily nnd we hope it will not be long until all 
our patrons will have renewed their subscriptions. 
We should also be glad to have our present sub- 
scribers and all our ministers make an effort to 
induce Buch as are not now taking the paper to 
send in their subscriptions. The Herald of Truth 
should find a place in every Mennonite home. 


A Chicago minister gloomily states that the 
money-greedy, prestige-seeking, pleasure-loving 
members of the Christian church are “so occupied 
saving themselves from each other” that they 
forget to save the world. It sounds pessimistic, 
but it is in a large measure true. Were it not 
for the wranglings, and janglings, and pride and 
lust for social, ecclesiastical and financial prestige, 
the world would long ago have heard the gospel, 
and, still more, felt the gospel. It Is too much 
the case that while the world hears heaven de- 
scribed by the church in preaching, it sees hell 
portrayed by the church in practice. 

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Many a man puts himself deeply into debt 
without a thought of the greater debt he owes to 
God and God's cause. Many a man struggles, 
saves, cheats perchance, and hoards, and finally 
the (lay comes when he proudly says, “I owe 
no man a cent.” Look up. How much owest 
thou Ihy Lord? And if we owe our Lord we owe 
our Lord’s humblest creatures who need our help 
in any way we can help them. Man liveth not to 
himself alone. And “whoso hath this world's 
goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shut- 
teth up his bowels of compassion, how dwelleth 
the love of God in him?” asks John. And that 
compassion under such circumstances is no com- 
passion at all when it finds expression in mere 
words is plainly shown by James, for he says, 
“If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of 
daily 'food, and one of you say unto them. Depart 
in peace, he ye warmed and filled, notwithstand- 
ing ye give them not those things which are need- 
ful lo the body, what doth it profit?” So also, 
when we in making our plans for the investment 
of worldly goods think only of self and not of the 
needs of Cod or (he debt we owe him or his 
children, because they are his, and simply by 
word express our sympathy or interest in his 
cause, what doth it profit, or what does it mean? 
It simply means that we have.no real interest and 
that we lie when we say we have. Our plans 
should always include God’s work and they will 
if we take God into our plans. But that is the 
error, the defect in many plans, and because of 
it the cause of God languishes while men who pro- 
fess to follow him grew rich and proud and self 
dependent. 

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Christ is the grand foundation stone of all our 
present joys and our future hopes. When Christ 
asked Peter, “Whom do men say that I, the Son of 
man, am?” he answered and said, “Thou art the 
Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus 
said, “Upon this rock— this truth, this confession 
— will I build my church, and .the gates of hell 
shall not prevail against it.” A certain writer 
gives us, on this subject, the following excellent 
thoughts: “This confession, that Jesus is the 

Christ, the Son of the living God, is the great 
truth of the Christian religion. Around this, as 
the center, all things else in the system revolve. 
This embraces the whole system. The Son of 
God is as truly the center of the Christian sys- 
tem as the physical sun is the center of our solar 
system.” In confessing Christ we confess him 
as our “Prophet, Priest and King. As Prophet 
to teach, as Priest to atone, and as King to 
reign. ‘There is no other name given under 
heaven or among men whereby we can be saved ’ 
It is the good confession, the divine confession, 
the only authorized confession. It is a confession 


that will finally bring us either hope or fear, 
‘for we shall all stand before the judgment seat 
of Christ, for it is written. As I live, saith the 
Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every 
tongue shall confess to God.’ Christ made it and 
died; his followers make It and live. It is the 
divine creed, the foundation of the Christian 
church.” When we accept Christ and In our 
hearts sincerely and truly confess him as our 
Prophet, Priest and King and prove our con- 
fession by our obedience and faithfulness, we 
have the eternal life, promised to every true and 
faithful child of God. 


PERSONAL MENTION. 

A series of meetings were held at the Biehn 
M. H. in Waterloo Co., Ont., beginning on Jan. 9. 
Bro. L. J. Burkholder conducted the meetings. 

Bro. Jost I. Yoder, wife and son, of the vicinity 
of Nappanee, Ind., left their home on Jan. 9 to 
attend the funeral of a grandchild at Kalona, la. 

Bro. J. M. Nunemaker of La Junta, Colo., has 
made arrangements to hold a series of meetings 
in the Osborne Co. (Kan.) congregation in the 
near future. 

Baptismal services were held In the Pleasant 
Grove congregation near Martinsburg, Pa., on 
which occasion eleven persons were received into 
church membership. 

Bish. Abm. Metzler of Blair Co., Pa., after the 
meeting of the Publication Board at Goshen, Ind., 
on the 8th and 9th of January, went to Ohio lo 
do evangelistic work there. 

Bish. D. D. Miller of Middlebury, Iml., and Bish. 
Andrew Shenk are the Instructors at the Bible 
conference which is being held near Jet, Okla., 
this week, beginning on the 20tlj. 

Pre. Peter Reimer of Beatrice, Neb., had a 
serious fall on Dec. 23, 1907. In the fall he had 
the misfortune to fracture his right arm. We 
wish him God’s blessing and hope he may speedily 
recover. 

Bro. Henry Weldy, of the HoUleman congrega 
tion, went to Barker Street meetinghouse on 
Saturday. Jan. 11, to conduct services there on 
the 12th. Sunday, however, was a stormy day 
and the attendance was small. 

Pre. Harry Gelnett of Springs, Somerset Co , 
Pa., has so far recovered from the painful acci- 
dent he had during the past summer that he is 
again able to resume «uch work as he in his 
crippled condition will he able to do. 

Bro. Peter B. Snyder, formerly of Alpha, Minn , 
now of Plainview, Texas, recently visited his 
former congregation in Minnesota and held a 
number of meetings there. His visit to his old 
home seemed to be much appreciated. 

Bro. Elmer Miller and wife of the Shore con- 
gregation spent Sunday, Jan. 13, with Bro. Tbomp- 
sons in Elkhart, Ind., ahtPvislted the Publishing 
House on Monday, looking through the various 
departments of work. We enjoyed their visit. 

Bro. Jacob Davidhizer, who spent the greater 
part of last year on the Pacific Coast, but re- 
turned to Indiana in October, accompanied Bro. 
Henry Weldy to the Barker Street meeting-house 
on Sunday, Jan. 12, and from there went to Con- 
stantine to visit friends and returned on Wednes- 
day. 


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January 23, 




Bro. Neff, formerly of Philadelphia, who has 
been spending some time in various localities on 
his trip westward, arrived in Elkhart on Satur- 
day, Jan. 11, and was the guest of Bro. and Sister 
Jacob I-,andis. He attended services in Elkhart 
and gave an edifying address to the Sunday 
school. On the 13th he proceeded on to Chicago, 
where he expects, if conditions are favorable, to 
spend some time, ^e enjoyed a pleasant visit 
with him on Sunday afternoon. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

JUSTIFICATION. 

By A. K. Kurtz. 

"Therefore, being justified by faith, we have 
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

Justification is another of those blessed Bible 
doctrines that many of us know too little about. 
We do not study enough this great work of de- 
liverance from sin. A better knowledge could 
not but create in us a greater love to God and 
our dear Savior, through whom our salvation from 
sin was brought about. The very idea that we as 
fallen creatures with the wrath of God resting 
upon us have been delivered, set free and can be 
at peace with God through the vicarious offering 
of Jesus Christ on that awful cross should be 
sufficient to inspire us with such an ineffable, 
burning love to our dear Savior that would insure 
a life-long service to him and his cause. 

To stand justified in the sight of God for having 
in true repentance confessed our sins and be- 
lieved on the Lord Jesus Christ is most assuredly 
the most gracious gift ever bestowed on sinful 
man. It is giving so little and receiving so much. 
The very thought that we are thus blessed be- 
cause of what some one else has done for us 
should humble us to such an extent that we 
would have very little if any good to think or say 
of ourselves, .and our conceit, pride and self- 
exaltation would drop out of our lives, and God 
to whom belongs all honor and glory would re- 
ceive due homage for his great love to us. 

“Being justified by faith we have peace witli 
God.” What a wonderful blessing peace is to us 
all! Christ is “the Prince of peace." He has 
taken away the enmity that existed between God 
and man ever since the fall of Adam, and made 
it possible for us to have peace with our God— 
a peace that passes all understanding, a peace 
that is lasting. Though thunders may roll, the 
lightning flash, afflictions come, that peace re- 
mains the same. It is blood-bought and endless 
as eternity Itself, and is for all who believe. 

The apostle goes on to say that “by whom 
(meaning the Lord Jesus) also we have access 
into this grace wherein we stand.” Having re- 
pented of our sins and turned our faces heaven- 
ward, God has met us and by faith in the atoning 
blood we stand justified before our God and now 
have access to God’s storehouse of grace, where 
all who believe find grace for their daily needs. 
Grace being a free gift because Christ by his offer- 
ing has reconciled ns to the Father, we are no 
longer under the law that could make none per- 
fect, that is, live a life free from sin; but now 
under grace we have access by faith into this 
grace which means that we may daily, yea, 
hourly, look to God by faith and receive power 
over sin and grace for every trial and temptation 
that we may be subjected to. 

We see here the rich provision God has made 
in the plan of salvation for our benefit. Is it any 
wonder, then, that God cannot look upon sin with 
any degree of allowance, with his storehouse full 
of grace enough to meet the demands of every 
soul on this earth? Yet we are putting him and 
his Son— whom he gave a ransom for us and died 
to take away the sin of the world— to an open 
shame for living these up-and-down, half-hearted 
Christian lives, then biding behind our own weak- 
ness by justifying ourselves In wrongdoing. There 
would be just as much sense in our claiming that 
we are starving while tables stand loaded with 
food all around and about us. Those who can 


HERALD OF TRUTH. 

read the fifth and sixth chapters of Romans and 
yet believe they cannot live free from sin have 
very little conception of the awfulness of sin and 
how God was concerned about our salvation, much 
more so than we ourselves are. It seems to me 
that we can see the Son pleading with the Father 
for the lost human race until the Father con- 
sented upon the condition that the Son would 
take upon himself the form of sinful flesh and 
through the awful suffering on the cross “con- 
demn sin in the flesh in order that the righteous- 
ness of the law might be fulfilled in us.” The 
rigorous demands of the law have been met, 
God’s wrath appeased and the cherubim and 
flaming sword taken away, and we again have 
free access to the tree of life. “By this one offer- 
ing he (Jesus Christ) has forever perfected them 
that are sanctified.” Are we of that number.' 
Praise God, we may be! 

Smithville, Ohio. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

CHRIST, THE COMING ONE. 

By J. H. M. 

We thank thee for thy sovereign will, 

Thou great, eternal, all-wise God, 

In choosing us ere time began 

In Him who once this vile earth trod. 

Thy Son it was who gladly came 
To purchase for himself the bride. 

That with him we might ever be 

Cleansed from each spot and sanctified. 

For his coming now we’re waiting, 

The trumpets sounding through the skies. 

The voice of the great archangel, 

And for the dead in Christ to rise. 

Waiting then as his bride elect, 

We, too, shall rise, with not a sigh, 

“Caught up” and “changed in a moment,” 
Yea. “in the twinkling of an eye.” 

Then with saints from earth to glory 
A happy meeting we shall share; 

Gathered unto Christ, our Savior, 

Heavenly crowns we then shall wear. • 

Our watchings, waitings then are o’er 
And turned to joys that never end. 

Evermore we shall then adore 

Our Christ, our Lord, whom thou didst send. 

Lancaster, Pa. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

WHAT DOES THE WORD MEAN TO US? 


By Levi Blauch. 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his 
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in 
him should not perish, but have everlasting life” 
(John 3:16). 

Reader, can we grasp the great love that God 
had for the world? Have we a living faith in his 
Son? Are we sure that we have everlasting life? 

“For God sent not his Son into the world to 
condemn the world; hut that the world through 
him might be saved” (John 3:17). Is this not a 
glorious promise? All the world may be saved, 
providing they come to Christ and accept him at 
his word. Have we come to him, or have we only 
come into the church? Have we accepted his 
word? Do we walk in the Spirit? 

“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, 
that liis deeds may be made manifest, that they 
are wrought in God” (V. 21). Have we come to 
the truth? Do we walk in the light as he is in 
the light? Are our deeds wrought in God? Do 
they so manifest themselves? 

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting 
life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not 
see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him” 
(V. 36). Do we believe from the depths of our 
hearts that Jesus is the Son of God? If so, we 
have the promise of eternal life abiding with us 
already in this life. If we believe not, the Word 
says, we cannot see life — that is, the spiritual 
life— but the wrath of God abideth upon us. Sad! 
sad state! 


“God is a Spirit, and they that worship him 
must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 
4:24). Are we of those who worship the Father 
in spirit and in truth? If so, well and good. If 
not, we need to change our ways. 

“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the 
will of Him that sent me, and to finish his work” 
(John 4:34). Are we willing to do the will of 
Him who created us? Are we earnestly engaged 
in doing the work which he has called us to do? 

“Say not ye. There are yet four months and 
then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, 
Lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they 
are white already to harvest (V. 35). Are wo 
lifting up our eyes? If so, are we looking? Do 
we see the ripening fields as they lie before us? 

Do we consider the value of the souls of men? 
Oh, how great is their value! What can be done 
for them? Listen what the Bible has to say: 
“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that 
he would send forth laborers into his harvest” 
(Luke 10:2). This is the language of the blessed 
Savior. Will we give heed to the same and call 
on the Lord to send laborers into his great harvest 
field, the world? Oh, how great it is! What if 
the Lord will send us? 

Listen again to the words of Jesus: “Teaching 
them to observe all things whatsoever I have com- 
manded you” (Matt. 28:20). Then think of the 
glorious promise given in the same verse. Who 
would not be a worker for God? Think of his 
loving kindness toward the children of men! 
Should we not, after looking at the kindness cf 
God, show kindness to our fellow-men, and, above 
all, show kindness toward our Father in heaven, 
who has done so much for us that we can never 
repay him for the same, giving us his Son, leav- 
ing his word on record for us to study? What 
does the word of God really mean to us? Does 
it mean food for the soul? Does it mean joy and 
peace? Does it mean unto us that we should 
read it. believe it, study it, meditate upon it? 
Does it mean unto us that we should obey it 
and teach it unto others? 

Oh. how much the blessed Word should mean 
to us! It should mean more to us than anything 
else on earth. Take the Bible from us and what 
would be left? Nothing. We would surely die. 
Johnstown, Pa. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

THE WORD OF GOD. 

By E. Y. Miller. 

Our first Sunday school lesson for the year 
1 908 is a very Important one. In it we are told 
that the “Word was made flesh.” When we con- 
sider the condition of man before sin entered 
into the world we see that Adam enjoyed com- 
munion with God, his Maker, that there was 
peace between the Creator and the creature, and 
that man made in the image of God was blessed 
and happy in the communion he enjoyed with the 
eternal Father. But when man did eat of the for 
bidden fruit, transgressed the law of God and 
through transgression fell into sin and condemna- 
tion, the whole human race, because of this trans 
gression, lost this glorious and blessed privilege 
God communicated with man through his Spirit, 
and the divine light was imparted to man by 
revelation through his chosen servants, “holy 
men of God, speaking as they were moved by the 
Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21). 

During the first twenty-five hundred years in 
the history of the world there was no written 
revelation. Those who had been taught of God 
communicated their knowledge to others by word 
of mouth, and it was handed down from father 
to son through successive generations. The prep 
aration of the written word began in the time 
of Moses, and the inspired revelations were then 
embodied in a book. This work continued for the 
long period of nearly sixteen hundred years, to 
the birth of Christ. Moses, through whom the 
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the children of men, was also the first sacred 
historian. Through him we have the story of the 
creation, the deluge and the important events 
transpiring before the exodus of the children of 
Israel out of Egypt. 

The apostle John records the most sublime 
truths of the gospel. The Bible points to God as 
its author, although written by human hands, anti 
in the varied style of itB different books it pre- 
sents the characteristics of the several writers. 
Though the truths revealed ate all given by in- 
spiration of God (2 Tim. 3:16), they are expressed 
in the words of men. The infinite One by the 
Holy Spirit has shed light into the minds and 
hearts of his servants by dreams, visions, sym- 
bols and figures, and those to whom the truth 
was thus revealed have themselves embodied the 
thought in human language. 

The ten commandments were spoken by God 
himself and were written by his own hands. They 
are of divine and not of human composition but 
Bible, with God-given truths, expressed in the 
language of men, and this presents to us a union 
of the divine and the human. Such a union existed 
in the nature of Christ, who was the Son of God 
and the Son of man. 

The Bible was written in different ages, by 
men who differed w'idely in rank and occupation, 
as also in mental and spiritual endowments. The 
books of the Bible present a wide contrast In 
style, as well as a diversity in the nature of the 
subjects. Different forms of expression are em- 
ployed by different writers. Often the same sub- 
ject is more strikingly presented by one than by 
the other, and as several writers present subjects 
under varied aspects and relations they may ap- 
pear to the superficial reader as contradicting 
each other, while the reverent, prayerful student, 
with clear insight, discovers the underlying har- 
mony as the truth is presented by the different 
writers. 

The truth is brought out in these varied aspects, 
because one writer is more strongly impressed 
with one phase of a subject than another. He 
grasps the points that harmonize with his ex 
perience or with his power of perception and 
appreciation. Another seizes upon a different 
phase, and each under the guidance of the Holy 
Spirit presents what is most forcibly impressed 
upon his own mind, but each in perfect harmony 
with the others when properly understood, and 
the truths thus revealed unite in forming a per- 
fect, harmonious whole, adapted to meet the 
wants of men under all circumstances and ex- 
periences of life. God has been pleased to com- 
• municate his truth to the world through the in- 
strumentality of men, and he himself qualified 
the men and enabled them to do his work accord- 
ing to his will. The treasure, though entrusted 
to human instrumentalities, is none the less from 
heaven; though conveyed through the imperfect 
expression of human language, it is the testimony 
of God and the obedient believer beholds in it 
the glory of a divine power full of grace and 
truth. 

In his word God has committed to men the 
knowledge of salvation, and the Holy Scriptures 
are to be accepted as the authorized, infallible 
revelation of his will. His word is the standard 
of character, the revealer of divine doctrine and 
the test of our experience, and “all Scripture is 
given by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for 
reproof, for correction, for instruction in right- 
eousness, that the man of God may be perfect 
and thoroughly furnishe d unto all good works” 
(2 Tim. 3:16, 17). 

Yet the fact that God has revealed his will to 
men through his word and has promised us a 
Savior, as we are told by the prophets, and the 
fulfilment of that promise in the advent of the 
Lord Jesus Christ into the world is the gist and 
marrow of the great, book of salvation God has 
given us. It is to all the human race the only 
source of comfort and salvation, the only hope of 
eternal glory. And this is -the purpose of God’s 
eternal word — the Bible. In this book he gives 


the heavenly light that shows to us the way 
eternal glory. Let us ever set our eyes and our 
hearts upon that light which lighteth every man 
that cometh into the world and in that light let 
us live and die, and the fulness of eternal glory 
at God’s right hand shall be our eternal reward. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

HEBREWS 9:28i 

By T. T. Johnson. 

“Christ was once offered to bear the sins of 
many, and unto them that look for him shall he 
appear the second time without sin unto salva- 
tion.” 

Dear Readers of the Herald: — As we have just 
entered upon a new year, I hope we will have 
Christ before us, as he offered himself up for us 
and thereby opened for us a new and living way,’ 
and I believe that many thousands are success- 
fully going on this road toward their heavenly 
and eternal home with assurance of the divine 
favor. I feel convinced that every soul that is 
walking on this royal highway to eternal glory 
has examined and tested the road and found it a 
safe and happy road to travel. This road is the 
pathway that Jesus has pointed out to his people, 
and of which he says, "Strait is the gate and nar- 
row is the way that leadeth unto life, and few 
there be that find it.” Then, to make it all so 
plain that none can err in regard to it, he says 
(John 14:6), "I am the way, the truth and the 
life; no man cometh to the Father but by me.” 
Let us seek this narrow way and be faithful unto 
the end. Thousands have tested this way of life 
and come out conquerors. Thousands through the 
trials and temptations of life have found a con- 
fiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ a comfort 
and consolation more precious than gold, yea. 
than much fine gold; many have witnessed when 
standing by the bedside of the dying the value 
of a true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and many 
at the dying hour have found how sweet, how 
comforting, how blessed is a faith that will not 
shrink — a faith that is able to lean on Jesus and 
say, “O death! where is thy sting? O grave! 
where is thy victory?” "Thanks be to God who 
giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus 
Christ." 

For the Herald of Truth. 

BROTHERLY LOVE (ROM. 12:9). 

By Charles W. McClintic. 

The principle of brotherly love is one of the 
principal principles upheld in the Scriptures. 
While the first and greatest command is that 
we should love God with all the heart, soul, mind 
and strength, the one that says we should love 
our neighbors as ourselves is second, and we 
cannot keep the first if we fail to keep the sec- 
ond (1 John 4:20). 

Let love be without dissimulation, which, as I 
understand it, means without mere pretense. Al- 
though it is next to impossible to love those with 
whom w f e come in contact without showing it in 
some way, still to pretend to love when in reality 
we hate is hypocrisy, and that is a sin that Christ 
especially denounced. 

There is in every one a certain amount of love 
and hatred. The love should be turned toward 
God, man, and righteousness, and the hatred to- 
ward Sa tan and evil; but t oo many peo ple turn 
them just the wrong way. 

We are to be kindly affectioned one to another. 
The kind of words to speak are kind words; the 
kind of deeds to do are kind deeds. 

An old fable will illustrate the power of love. 
The Wind and the Sun had a dispute as to which 
one had the greater strength, and they agreed to 
make the test on a traveler. The one that could 
cause his cloak to be removed was to be con- 
sidered the stronger. The Wind first blew a 
furious gale, but the man only fastened his cloak 


more securely. Then the Sun shot his warm 
beams through a watery cloud, and soon the man 
was glad to remove hlif mantle and seek the 
shade. So fervent love will do many things that 
could never be accomplished by force — such As 
removing filthy garments and mantles of sin. 

Speaking of mantles reminds me that some 
people call charity a mantle, too, and because the 
Bible says that charity shall cover a multitude 
of sins, they seem to think the mantle of charity 
is made of gum elastic, and try to pull it over 
sins that the Bible never intended it to cover. 

The Scriptures mention one honorable debt 
(Rom. 13:8), and doing unto others as we would 
have others do unto us may be Called the Interest 
on that debt; but, sad to say, many people do not 
keep up even the interest. 

Elkhart, Ind. 

GIFTS OF TONGUES. 

Among the ordinary and extraordinary gifts of 
the Spirit, Paul in his epistle to the Corinthians 
(particularly 1 Cor. 12) emphasizes the use and 
abuse of tongues. The reason that Paul em- 
phasized the gift of tongues and its abuse is 
fairly obvious — “the Corinthians were a self-suffi- 
cient, excitable and loquacious set and would 
naturally overrate the gift of tongues.” This 
particular epistle, and those following it, are so 
beautiful and clear that a careful reading of them 
will quicken the heart and mind and kill any 
breath of fanaticism in any age or time. Paul, 
with many practical words of advice, finally says, 
all these gifts must be guarded and guided by the 
grand principle of love. 

To-day when this gift of tongues is being over- 
rated, we do well to remember two things: (1) 
Don’t underrate, and (2) don’t overrate. 

1. Toe gift of tongues that causes the con- 
fusion is the gift of the spiritual ecstasy tongues, 
because as in Paul's day so in ours, the people 
who use them don’t understand them, nor does 
any one else. Paul urges all such to pray for 
interpretation or to keep quiet, and to use the 
gift only before God in prayer, otherwise con- 
fusion and disgrace are brought into the assembly 
of the saints. But Paul never hinted that it was 
from the devil. 

2. As to overrating— many make it the sign of 
sanctification — that is simple confusion. Gifts of 
the Spirit are not the fruit of the Spirit. Paul 
and Jesus both show the relative difference 
between gifts and fruit, viz., we must judge a 
servant of God by fruit (John 15), not by gifts. 
1 may have all gifts (gifts of tongues of men and 
of angels), but if I have not love I am nothing. 

There are many excitable and consequently un- 
wise things being said. The greatest is that the 
gift of tongues is the great sign of the Holy 
Spirit's baptism, and that no one is really baptized 
in the Holy Spirit who does not speak with 
tongues. This gives the devil an excellent occa- 
sion to multiply his imitation of the gift of 
tongues. The wise, whole-hearted planting down 
of God's positive truth of holiness as a gift, by 
the atonement of Jesus Christ, is the way to honor 
God's truth — not by confuting error or spending 
time on the relative line. The only way to deal 
with the “old man” is to strangle him, kill him 
outright, and by the Holy Spirit’s baptism mani- 
fest the “new man” in holiness, not in hysterics. 

Fruit means character; gifts simply indicate 
God's sovereignty, and these gifts come to good, 
bad and indifferent alike. An instrument of God 
is not necessarily a servant of God. Fruit in 
character is the living witness to the baptism in 
the Holy Ghost, but do remember, gifts are the 
sign that God is working. You can never have a 
great awakening without extraordinary manifesta- 
tions, but the thing to insist on is that a definite 
transaction between the individual soul be gone 
into at those seasons. 

There is nothing recorded to make us Buppose 
our Lord himself spoke with tongues— [Oswald 
Chambers in God's Revivalist.] 


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TIDINGS FROM THE CHCII AT 


FOREIGN MISSIONS. al 

India. — American Mennonite Mission. Dhamtarl, a 

C. P.. India. Stations : Sundarganj, Rudrl, B 

Leper Asylum. Balodgahan. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 0 

HOME MISSIONS. k 

Chicago. — Home Mission. 145 W. 18th Street. Chi- T 
caeo 111. A. H. Leaman, Supt. 

Chicago.’— Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 
Ave. and 26th Street, Chicago, 111. 

Chicago.— Hoyne Avenue Mission, Cor. 33d Street t 

and Hoyne Avenue. _. g 

Toronto, Canada.— Home Mission, 461 King Street, 

E Toronto. Samuel Honderich, Supt. 

Welsh Mountain. — Welsh Mountain Industrial M^ 

•sion, New Holland, Pa., R. F. D. No. 4. Noah v 

H. Mack, Supt. _ ( 

Philadelphia. — Mennonite Home Mission, Cor. Am- 
ber and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Ft. Wayne.— 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft. Wayne, Ind. ■ c 
J. M. Hartzler, Supt. _ I 

Lancaster.— 462 Rockland Street, pewter, Pa. ( 

Canton.— Mission Home, 1934 East Eighth Street, 
Canton, Ohio. P. R. Lantz, Supt. 

Kansas City.— 200 S. Seventh St., Kansas City, 

Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. i 

BENEVOLENT AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS. 
Orphans’ Home.— West Liberty. Ohio. A. Metzler, 

Old People’s Home. — Marshallville, Ohio, R. F. D. 

J. D. Mininger, Supt. 

Old People’s Home.— Orevllle, Pa. A. K. Dlener, 

La Junta Sanitarium. — La Junta, Colo. D. 8 

Weaver, Supt. 

Our special correspondent at Towamencin, Mont- . 

gomery Co., Pa., writes us under date of Jan. 10, 
that in his vicinity there are many sick people 
and many have la grippe. 

• • • 

From the vicinity of Johnstown, Somerset Co., 

Pa., we learn from one of our faithful corre- 
spondents that there have been a number of peo- 
ple on the sick list in the recent past and among 
them Sister Blauch, sister of Levi Blauch. 

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Elida, Ohio, Jan. 16, 1908. — Dear Brethren. 

Please announce in the Herald that our Bible 

conference at the Pike M. H., three miles west 

of Elida, will begin, if the Lord will, Feb. 10 and 

close on Feb. 15. We extend a hearty welcome 

to all who have a desire to attend these meetings. 

Those coming by rail will stop off at Elida, and 

will be met there by notifying S. E. Brunk or the 

., P. E. BRUNK. 

writer. 

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Elmdale, Kent Co., Mich., Jan. 15, 1908.— The 

■meetings conducted by Bro. J! K. Bixler of 
Wakarusa, Ind., in the Bowne M. H. closed on 
Sunday evening, Jan. 12, with four confessions. 
From here Bro. Bixler went to White Cloud 
Mich., to conduct a series of meetings at that 
place. May the Lord strengthen the brother that 
he may be instrumental in bringing many souls 

to the feet of Jesus. C0R - 

• • • 

Upland, Calif., Jan. 8, 1908—Dear Readers of 
the Herald:— Greeting in the name of Him who 
loved us and gave himself for us, who is able to 
keep us from harm and danger. Here in Cali- 
fornia things differ a great deal from the Eastern 
and Northern states. They have had one frost 
since I am here. There have been three, but so 
light that there was no damage. Orange trees 
that are well cared for are loaded with nice, good 
fruit The orange tree bears only once a year 
as a rule. Once in a while there is an extra blos- 
som which bears, but they hang on the tree a 
year or more. The people begin to gather them 
now and will continue to do so until July and 
August. There will be small oranges on the 
trees at that time, as they blossom in April and 
May. We find some old oranges at present, which 
are very good and sweet. 

Lemons are generally picked every month In 
the year, as there is small and grown fruit on at 


all times. One firm packed about ten carloads 
a day. Orchards sell as high as $3,000 per acre. 
Bro. Burkholder is overseer over fifty-eight acres 
of orangeB and last year gathered over fifty car- 
loads. One firm has over 3,000 acres of vineyard. 
The price of butter is from 40 to 50 cents per 
pound. Eggs cost about the same per dozen. 
Oranges, lemons, figs and grapes cost from one to 
two cents per pound; hay, $12 to $16 per ton, 
grain, $37 per ton; potatoes, $1.50 to $2.25 per 100- 

pound sacks. iq/ioy 

I am at Long Beach at present (Jan. 8, 19081, 

where I met Bro. William Coffman (son of J. S. 
Coffman), formerly of Elkhart, Ind., who for con- 
venience sake to worship holds with the Metho- 
dists, but says he feels like uniting with our peo- 
ple as soon as he gets to where they are; he is 
still widower. I also met three of Bro. Samuel 
Yoder’s children of Elkhart. 

The weather here is fine. I can sit by the sea 
shore barefooted and in my shirt-sleeves and am 
comfortable. People bathe in the ocean nearly 
every day; the waves keep up a perpetual noise. 

I saw eight men coming in with about 137 fishes, 
averaging about six pounds each. I counted them 
myself Clams (a shellfish, something like an 
oyster) can be had for the gathering. One can 
get a gallon in ten or fifteen minutes, when the 
tide is low. The tide varies from two to nearly 
eight feet. I should like to give a photograph of 
the nice flowers and green trees that grow here 
at present. 

Bro. Henry Weldy wrote me that they were 
having nice winter weather and some sleighing 
on Dec. 21, 1907, which we can hardly think of 
out here. So my writing may be doubted by some 
people in the East. People now in sight are. sit- 
ting under umbrellas to shade themselves. 

Wonderful things we see as we pass through 
deserts and mountains, and again through beauti- 
ful orange and lemon groves. The sea-gulls are 
nearly as tame as our chickens; they are not al- 
lowed to be shot, so one can feed them very 

handily. ' 

There are many pleasant things here, but tin 

pleasant ones as well. The fog and dampness of 
the ocean saltwater affect nearly all metals, even 
gold and silver; so that ladies must attend to 
their knives and forks and silverware, or it will 
soil. Screening lasts only a short time if not 
well preserved with paint. Nights are very cool, 
often very foggy, so that rheumatic or asthmatic 
people must either keep indoors or away from the 
shore, where it is dryer and a better fruit country. 
There are not many oranges and lemons at Long 
Beach. God bless you all. Pray for me. 

JOHN HYGEMA. 


Hadjin, Asia Minor, Turkey, Nov. 11, 1907.— 
Dear Bro. Kolb:— It Is only a short time since I 
asked you to put a notice in the paper that the 
friends should send goods through the M. R. Mur- 
ray Tourist Company, but 1 have just received 
word from him that he will not sail again until 
the year of 1910, and so I must ask you to once 
more cancel this notice and ask the friends to 
send to the Congregational House in Boston as 
heretofore. I am sorry that I must trouble you 
in this matter, but circumstances alter cases, and 
I am not quite sure that all the blame is mine. 

Please ask Bro. Fast to also make a note of 
this in the Rundschau and the letter I have en- 
closed as well. 

With kindest regards and wishing you and your 
family a merry Christmas, I remain yours among 
the needy. ROSE LAMBERT, Sec. 

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West Liberty, Logan Co., Ohio, Jan. 10, 1908.— 
Dear Brethren:— As I think back over the many 
years that I have now taken and read the Herald 
of Truth (about forty years), and the many good 


January 23, 

thoughts that came to me through its columns, 1 
have reason to thank God and give him all the 
glory. I well remember when the paper was first 
started In Chicago, 111., by Bro. John F. Funk, and 
I believe Bro. Funk can think back with me to 
that time, and no doubt remembers the many 
trials he has passed through and I know that both 
Bro. Funk and myself can give God all the glory. 
Our work will not be long any more here on earth, 
as I am now seventy-four years old, and I think 
Bro. Funk is not far behind me. So I want to 
say to Bro. Funk and all the Herald readers, Let 
us be faithful and endure unto the end, that we 
may then hear the welcome voice, “Come, ye 
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom pre- 
pared for you from the foundation of the world. 

Praise the Lord! COR “ 

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Salunga, Pa., Jan. 14, 1908,-To the Readers of 
Our Paper: — Greeting in His name. The meet- 
ings held at Kraybill’s M. H., Lancaster Co., Pa., 
by Bro. John Senger of Kinzer, closed on Jan. 5 
with twelve confessions. Among the number were 
three grandfathers and two grandmothers. They 
had waited long before yielding, but we hope that 
the good Lord will bless them with his rich bless- 
ings in their old days. On the 12th Bro. Senger 
commenced meetings at Strassburg for two weeks, 
and thence he is to come to Bassler’s M. H. and 
hold meetings, and in the latter part of February 
he is to come to Salunga, the Lord willing. On 
the 8th of February Bro. I. B. Good is to com- 
mence a series of meetings at Landisville M. H. 
May God bless the work so that many souls may 

be gathered into his kingdom. 

JACOB M. GREIDER. 

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Alpha, Minn., Jan. 14, 1908.— Esteemed Editors 
and Readers of the Herald of Truth:— Greeting. 
We feel to lend a voice of praise to God for bless- 
ings received and also for seasons of rejoicing. 
We have been blessed with ideal winter weather 
thus far, and, aside from some minor ailments, 
with reasonably good health. We were very much 
pleased to have our beloved brother and previous 
pastor, P. B. Snyder, now of Plainview, Texas, 
come into our midst Jan. 2. He remained till the 
13th, when he left for Sterling. 111. He preached 
some very interesting and practical sermons while 
here. We were very earnestly exhorted to press 
onward, especially so from the text in Acts 26:19. 
showing that we are living in the times of dreams 
and visions and we should with Paul be obedient 
to “heavenly” visions, though it may bring re- 
proach, tribulations, etc., in this life. May the 
good Lord help us all to be faithful to our trust 
whatever it may be. We are promised tribult- 
tions, persecution, etc., in this life, and in the 
world to come life everlasting for faithful service. 
We cordially invite all ministering brethren and 
laity coming near this way to call on us. I close 
wishing the people of God abundant grace. Re- 
member the cause at Alpha, Minn. 

C. J. GARBER. 


Goshen, Ind., Jan. 17, 1908—Dear Readers:- 
It having been our conviction for some time that 
the giving of conference reports has been over- 
done in our church papers, we will not give a 
report of our Bible conference; but only as an 
item of “Tidings from the Churches.” We can 
truly say that we were inspired and helped by 
the' conference, and that we enjoyed the co- 
operation and presence of the instructors and 
visitors from other places. Some o f the features 
of this conference, which may have been some- 
what different from the general line of topics as 
usually found on our Bible conference programs, 
were special Bible and mission study classes. 
This is a feature that I think should be more 
encouraged. We Bhould make more direct Bible 
study. We have been emphasizing topical and 
doctrinal study, but have neglected almost alto- 
gether a study of the Book Itself and its direct 
message in its own order and words. We have 
been using the “hop^and-eklp" method, and the 


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“isolated passage” method, to the extent when 
we hardly recognize any connections or context 
to the most familiar passages. To continue this 
method to any great extent, or to any length of 
time, will certainly bring about some undesirable 
results. Paul censures some people of his day 
for handling the Word deceitfully, which no doubt 
many of us have observed to be very true in our 
own day; but I think we can find many who 
claim to be sincere and honest, who use the 
Word carelessly and unwisely, largely because 
of being ignorant of its true connections, and be- 
cause of wrong methods of interpretation. On 
the whole, it seems to resolve itself largely to 
this one fact, that we have allowed ourselves to 
be influenced by chapter and verse divisions, 
which are not a part of the inspired Word itself. 
While chapters and verses are a convenience, 
they have many times been a real hindrance to 
good interpretation. 

Another feature of this conference which we 
found to be interesting and very practical, were 
the section meetings each afternoon. Pastoral 
work, evangelism, the minister’s preparation, gen- 
eral and immediate, and the Sunday sermons 
were discussed in the ministers’ section. We also 
had the class in Sunday school methods of the 
special Bible term to continue their work through 
the conference as a Sunday school section. Wo 
also bad two section meetings for the mothers 
and some special section meetings to discuss the 
young people’s meetings, mission study classes, 
and Bible study. This conference closed with an 
open conference in which we had a number of 
expressions of appreciation, and suggestions by 
which the next conference could be improved 
over this one. Because of this conference and 
the Mennonite Publication Board meeting we 
have had many visits from ministers from various 
states. Several of them preached for us. 

« The winter term of Goshen College opened on 
Jan. 2. The attendance has shown a slight in- 
crease over former years at the corresponding 
time of the year. Not having any special depart- 
ments during this term we have 194 regular 
students enrolled. While this is not as large an 
enrollment as former years’ total, yet it is larger 
as compared to the number of regular students 
for the same time. Another encouraging feature 
that is evident in this enrollment, is that quite 
a number came from a new field. This means 
a growing interest in our work. 

We had a very interesting and profitable “Mem- 
bers’ Meeting” last evening. Some of the prob- 
lems confronting the spiritual life of the congre- 
gation were discussed by our pastors. The needs 
of our approaching series of meetings were set 
forth, and all w ere a dvised to make a self- 
examination and prayerful preparation for the 
success of the work. The meetings begin to- 
morrow evening. Bro. D. H. Bender is expected 
to conduct them. Yours, RUDY SENGER. 


For the Herald of Truth 

OUR MICHIGAN LETTER. 


By Aldus Brackbill. 


IV. 

Bro. Aaron Loucks accompanied us to the sta- 
tion, where we took the train for Pittsburg, and 
at 2:30 left for Burton City. Ohio, where we stayed 
all night with Bro. Ira Buchwalter. When we 
came to the station we telephoned to Bro. Buch- 
walter and after waiting a while a yputh about 
fourteen years of age, who is also a member of 
the church, came in and in his manly way and 
with a pleasant countenance said, “I guess I am 
the one you are looking for.” It was not long 
until we were on our way over to his home, every 
body enjoying the trip. After getting supper and 
having devotional services we retired for the 
night. 

The next morning it was snowing and Bro. 
Buchwalter said we could visit some of the breth- 
ren by telephone. After family worship and break- 


fast we talked to a number of the brethren and 
sisters, after which Bro. and Sister Buchwalter 
took us to the train and soon we were on our 
way toward our destination. We think now of an 
incident that occurred at the station at Burton 
City. While we were waiting we observed some 
boys and after they went out we noticed a plainly 
dressed man come in; beginning a conversation 
he told us that one of his boys was at the depot, 
and saw us and thought we had no place to stay 
all night and that he had come over to take us 
to his home. We can say, “Praise the Lord!” 
That is so much for trying to follow the plain 
paths; for if we never did receive a blessing be- 
fore we did that evening. Let us all read Tit. 2:10. 

We reached Goshen on Tuesday evening and 
stayed all night with Bro. J. S. Hartzler. The 
next morning after breakfast and worship we 
went to the College and Bro. Miller met us there 
and took us to the Clinton M. H., about five miles 
from Goshen, to a Bible conference, where we 
met Bro. D. H. Bender, I. R. Detweiler and others. 
These meetings were very profitable to us. On 
Thursday evening we went home with Bro. Long 
and Friday morning after worship and breakfast 
we again went to the conference. At noon Bish 
Miller brought us to Goshen College, where we 
had the privilege of enjoying two lessons in 
Bible study, taught by I. R. Detweiler. The sub- 
ject was the Book of Hebrews. Sister Burkhard 
also taught one lesson on missions. These les- 
sons were very beneficial to us. 

We stayed all night at I. R. Detweiler’s and 
after breakfast and worship Saturday morning 
we started for Elmdale through a raging snow 
storm. We had to change cars at Elkhart. There 
we met Bro. S. G. Shetler — a meeting which was 
very much appreciated. We exchanged thoughts 
about the church militant. As it kept on snowing 
all day and the engine became disabled we ar- 
rived at Grand Rapids much behind time. We 
stayed all night with Bish. Abraham Kauffman 
and after breakfast and service on Sunday morn- 
ing we left Grand Rapids at 11 o’clock for Elm- 
dale and were met there by John Lenhart and 
Bert Weber with a sleigh and they soon had us 
in their comfortable home, where Sister Lenhart 
prepared the noonday meal. We have been visit- 
ing ever since we have been here and as the 
brethren- and sisters are very kind to us we feel 
very much at home in our new field of labor. 

We are thinking now of our short visit to the 
Mennonite Publishing House while in Elkhart. 
We had a very pleasant time as we met Bro. J. F. 
Funk and Bro. A. B. Kolb. They took us through 
the institution. We were very much pleased as 
well as surprised to see what a large plant they 
have there, and all departments so busy. The 
building is forty feet wide and 165 feet long. In 
the basement they have the presses (seven In 
number) and each of the larger ones is equipped 
with an electric motor. On the second floor is 
the book store, a room twenty feet wide and 
ninety feet long, well supplied to suit the demands 
of the trade. In the rear of the store is the 
business office of the Company; back of this are 
the shipping department and the bookbinder* 
They make there a large variety of books which 
they publish. They also do a large amount of 
job work. On the third floor they have the lino 
type machine and do the typesetting and making 
up of the forms. On this floor also are the proof- 
readers' rooms and the room of the German 
editor, and here, too, we find the supply of un- 
finished books, which are finished up as the trade 
demands. After being bound they are neatly 
wrapped and laid away on shelves so that they 
do not become shopworn or soiled. We think the 
Mennonite Publishing Co. is surely equipped to 
do all kinds of printing and publishing. 

On the 29th of December were the ordination 
services conducted by Bish. Jacob K. Bixler of 
Wakarusa. Ind., who officiated, as Bish. J. P. Mil- 
ler could not be present. The services were very 
much appreciated as well as appropriate. Bro 
Bixler will hold continued meetings for an in 


definite time. We wish God may bless the dear 
old Mennonite church that every sister may stand 
for modesty, backed up by the power of God and 
the spirit of Jesus Christ and his blessed gospel, 
and may each brother live for non-conformity to 
the world and non-resistance, being a peculiar 
people, zealous of good works, and may each 
leader of the church keep himself unspotted from 
the world in such a way that they may be able 
to say with Paul that they are ambassadors in 
bonds in Christ’s stead and that they are ready 
to be offered, etc. 

With this I will close, trusting that I may not 
have said anything to harm any one, but if there 
was a word of encouragement in this letter let 
us give God the honor and the glory. May the 
grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ lie 
and abide with 11s ever more. Amen. 

ALDUS BRACKBILL. 

In care of C. Hoffman, Alto, Mich. 


For the Herald of Truth. 
REPORT 

Of the Fourth Annual Sunday School Meeting 
held at the A. M. M. H. near Concord, 
Tenn., Jan. 1, 1908. 


The meeting was called to order by H. J. Powell. 
Devotional exercises conducted by Martin Bios- 
ser. Election of officers resulted as follows; Mod- 
erator, H. J. Powell; assistant, N. Z. Yoder; chor- 
ister, D. W. Good; secretaries, Ida Hertzler and 
Sallye Neuhauser. 

After an address of welcome by N. Z. Yoder, 
the following subjects were discussed: 

"The Necessity of Unity in Sunday School." 
Martin Blosser. Essay by Sallye Neuhauser. 
Without unity it is impossible for anything to 
exist. Unity should begin at home and shou'd 
he taught to children. Just as necessary in the 
Sunday school as in the home. Unity cannot 
exist in the absence of love. 

“Higher Criticism,” by T. B. Lee. 

“What are the proper and improper incentives 
to interest old and young in Sunday school work?” 
N. Z. Yoder and L. B. Hertzler. We must have 
each others’ interest at heart, as we are all mem- 
bers of one body. One interest will create a love 
for the Sunday school. Put those in office who 
are best qualified. A desire to excel, and to covet 
the highest positions is improper. 

'“The Sunday School Teacher’s Ideal,” by Wnt 
Jennings. We must first be taught before we 
can teach; must go to Christ, the ideal teacher- 
Christ to be used as an example. The ideal 
teacher must be as a city set on a hill; must 
endure, be prompt, have love for children at heart, 
and live such a life that we. can say. “Follow me 
as I follow Christ." 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Children's exercises conducted by Ida Hertzler. 

"Points on Successful Teaching.” Discussed by 
D. W. Good and C. H. Becker. Christ, the great 
teacher, taught according to the needs of the 
people. Thorough preparation. Love for class. 
Prayerful. Interest in work. 

“Cling to the Bible.” H. J. Powell and John 
Estep. Cling to the Bible, for it is the word of 
God. It uever gets old. Cannot be destroyed. 
Points the way to salvation. The Bible is the 
highway, Christ the way. It teaches the sciences 
of life, biology and geography. It teaches arith- 
metic (2 Peter 1). 

Interesting talks were given by the brethren 
Cox and Seaton on the history of the Sunday 
school. The Sunday school instills in the minds 
of the young true elements of Christianity. 

The meeting was well attended. Many good 
points were brought out and we hope all present 
were benefited. 

L. B. Hertzler, Win. Jennings and Ida Hertzler 
were appointed as a committee to arrange the 
program for the next Sunday School Meeting. 

THE SECRETARIES. 



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TOPIC: GIVING ALL TO GOD. Rom.12: 1-8 (Consecration Meeting)^unday^^ 2, 08 


THE LESSON MOTTO. 

Let our gifts to God be unique in that our love 
and service to him are such as we give to no 
earthly being. Let his gifts be ever the best. 

DAILY READINGS. 

27 'T- The Christian rule of giving. 1 Cor - 16:1 * 2- 
28 T —The Jewish rule of giving. Lev. 27.30-33. 

2 it w— God's way of giving. John 3:16. 

30. T ._One thing all must give Ko1 "' 

p. — One thing all should give. Prbv. 23.2b. 

February. 1908. c.i? 

1 S. —What Jesus gives. John 1.12, 1 John 5.12. 

2 s. — Giving all to God. Rom. 12.1-8. 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE. 

We are not our own. We a^e bought with a 
price The price paid for gs is the blood of Jesus. 
Money cannot pay for that, so we cannot pay 
We have nothing of our own to give to God but 
our sins, and they are just what Jesus shed his 
blood to get us rid of. He will take them, 
and like the swine of old, consign them to t e 
deep sea of forgetfulness. The rest of us belongs 
t„ God — our body and all its faculties by virtue ot 
creation of which he is Author and Lord, and 
our spirits are his by virtue of the redemption, 
of which Jesus is the Author. Is it an unreason- 
able service, then, that we present our bodies a 
living sacrifice to God? Would it not be very 
unreasonable not to do this very thing, since all 
we have and are belongs to him? Not to do so 
is to keep ourselves out of harmony with all his 
plans concerning us. Not to do so means to de 
prive ourselves of all the real good that can come 
to us in life or that we can do to others and in 
the end rob ourselves of the eternal felicity of 
heaven. There is no half-way position or con- 
dition. While we halt between two opinions we 
are standing on the unsafe side of life. Let us 
not forget that. The fearful hypocrisy of singing 
and confessing that we have given ourselves to 
God, while at the same time there are those who 
say this and run with the world to its pleasures 
and vanities, is shocking. Be not deceived— God 
is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, that 
shall he also reap. If we sow to the flesh we 
shall of the flesh Teap destruction, but if we sow 
to the spirit, we shall reap life everlasting. 

BIBLE HINTS. 

Rom. 12:1. If it were not for the mercies of 
God who presented his Son as a sacrifice for us 
we could not present ourselves as a holy and 
acceptable sacrifice to him. There is nothing 
more reasonable than that the Christian conse- 
crate himself to God. He is our only God. Him 
only shall we worship. Him only shall we serve. 
He owns us, and to serve other interests than his 
is treasonable, but never reasonable. 

Rom. 12:2. We cannot give God acceptable 
service while we are conformed to the world. 
What are our desires? We cannot be conformed 
to God unless we are transformed in mind and 
purjx.se of heart, WhaL are we proving by our 
life? Is it a living epistle. Do our lives and 
lips express the holy gospel we profess? Is our 
daily life in conformity with the prayer, ‘Thy 
kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it Is 
in heaven"? 

Rom. 12:3. Paul could not have said these 
words truly without the grace which had been 
given him. Before that grace came, Paul was 
the proud Pharisee, with its “I— am— better— than 
—thou" characteristic. The man that thinks so 
of himself is not quite sober; he is intoxicated 
more or less with the wine of self righteousness. 


He is not consecrated to God, but to selfish 
interests. 

Rom. 12:4, 5. What a wonderful power there 
is in a God-centered co-operation of a consecrated 
church membership! This is one of the special 
benefits of church work. It takes the varied gifts 
of the various members to make a complete 
working force for God. Old and young have a 
part, bless God! None are useless, or unneces- 
sary. Our work in the young people’s meeting 
especially should be to bring into use all the 
working forces of the church. The work in the 
church should be very largely to equip us for 
work for God in the unregenerate world, and this 
needs the most cordial co-operation of all, from 
the minister to the janitor, from the oldest to the 
youngest, from the most learned to the most 
unlearned. Oh, what a force the now weak 
churches might be if this co-operation were bet- 
ter understood, or more practiced! 

For the Herald of Truth. 

TWILIGHT THOUGHTS. 

‘ By Mrs. Laura W. Colgrove. 

It is in the evening twilight. 

As I put the children to bed, 

There comes with a stronger meaning 
Christ’s message to me. when he said: 
“Suffer the little children 

And forbid them not to come.” 

Oh, sweet the blessed assurance 
That such is heaven’s Kingdom! 

Then I get a clearer vision 

Of the promised home over there. 

As 1. list to childish lisping 
Of their little evening prayer, 

So trusting and pure and simple 
A wonderful blessing we own 
To have part of heaven's kingdom 
To cherish and train, as a loan. 

So in the evening twilight 
I sit long by the little beds, 

And look at the dainty pillows, 

Brightened with their shining heads; 

And 1 feel that unto mortals 
A heavenly trust is given; 

And pray the Father to help me 
Keep all of them fit for heaven. 

Minneapolis, Minn. 

CHRISTIAN 8YMPATHY. 

Christian sympathy — what is it? It is that 
yearning love that swayed the dear Savior’s life, 
causing him to leave that glorious, heavenly home, 
and come to cheer the weary, sorrowing ones of 
the earth. 

Surely, this is the fountain-head. But, oh. how 
his followers have misrepresented the Master, 
until the world looks on, and exclaims, "There is 
less of this divine attribute among Christians 
than among any other class of people." 

Although we must reject this wholesale de- 
nouncement, yet is there not too much cause 
given for the people of the world to make such 
remarks? Aye, and believe them, too? The sym- 
pathy of Christ was that of a son or brother, mak- 
ing the sorrows of others his own, caring for their 
wants, both of Soul and body. Although among 
doctors and lawyers we find him discussing the 
most profound questions of theology, “both asking 
and answering questions, and speaking as never 
man spake,” yet he endured hardships and priva 
tions with the poor; fed the hungry; restored to 
the widow her son; wept with Mary and Martha, 
and healed the diseases of all without money and 
without price. 

One cannot conceive of such an anomaly as 
Christ being dressed in gorgeous attire, and, meet- 
ing Peter and Andrew in their fisherman’s garb. 


turning his head lest he be obliged to recognize 
them; or passing by a poor, blind man because 
he sat in filth and rags. Oh, no! that was not 
the Master's way. The greater the darkness the 
greater need of light. 

My dear reader, did you ever sit down and try 
to compare your life with that of Chiists. I 
have, and I can assure you it was a very humiliat- 
ing exercise. I found his character so high, so 
deep, so broad, so expansive, so bright, so beauti- 
ful, that I became lost in wonder, love and praise. 

And looking back over my own life by the light 
reflected from his, I could easily detect the 
crooked paths I had made, the stumbling-blocks, 
and the errors. And now I am trying to live con- 
tinually within this flood of light, knowing that 
all is darkness where its rays do not fall. And 
this flood of light and glory is, after all, but one 
vast stream of sympathy and love, issuing from 
the throne of God, and flowing out to all mankind 
throughout the endless ages of eternity. Oh, be- 
lieve me, it is the gentle, loving sympathy of 
Jesus that draws broken hearts to him. This 
powerful weapon of the Savior's is at our dis- 
posal. Shall we cast it aside as of little or no 
value? Or shall we grasp and wield it for the 
Master and his cause? 

Hundreds of people all around us are going 
down, down, and the Savior's blood is shed in 
vain for them, all because no loving human hand 
is stretched out to apply the healing drops. You 
need not tell me they resist all efforts at friend- 
ship on your part. If they do, it is because you 
have such a condescending way of offering it, 
saying as plainly as words, “I am better than 
thou.” It is a sympathy of duty, and not of love, 
and causes the subject of it to say something like 
this, “Talk about my soul! They care a great 
deal for my soul — never speak to me if we meet 
in the streets, unles it is revival times; then they 
come whining about my soul." I have heard al- 
most these very words from unconverted persons 

in the lowly walks of life. 

Go, plunge yourself in the living stream; let 
its waves wash away your pride and self-conceit. 
Drink deeply of its sparkling waters; let your 
soul be filled to overflowing with its light, and 
you will find a way to make your sympathy ac- 
cepted. Your eyes will be opened, and you will 
see in that poor, deluded man entering that 
saloon, not a drunkard to be despised, but a dear 
brother to be won for Christ. And there is no 
way so effectual as to let him know he is wanted 
in better places; that his company is wanted and 
sought for. You will see in that woman, dressed 
in her work clothes (the only ones she has, prob- 
ably,) a sister who longs for a sister's sympathy. 
—[Sadie, in Zion’s Watchman.] 

CLEAR GAIN. 

“I do not know,” said a man, “that I neglect 
to do anything in my power to promote the inter- 
ests of religion in this place, and yet I seem to be 
held in very little repute, scarcely any person 
ever notices me.” To this a pious friend replied, 
“My good friend, set yourself down for nothing, 
and if any person takes you for something, it 
will be all clear gain.” Oh, so many want to be 
active in God’s service, but they want some honor 
for doing it! They want to be Somethings, 
Somebodies. They want just a certain amount of 
honor, of consideration of men, or they will be 
discouraged, forgetting that they are nothing and 
that Christ is all. Oh, let us more truly in honor 
prefer one another, not in selfish love, but in 
brotherly love. 


HERALD OF TRUTH. 


Youn g People’s Department 

In consequence of a rate war between the 
Cunard Line and the International Mercantile 
Marine Co. (the White Star and American lines), 
the steerage rate from New York to European 
ports has been reduced from $30 to $18.75, and 
it is predicted that It will be reduced to $10.00. 
The reduction has resulted in a heavy outbound 
steerage traffic — more than twice the usual num- 
ber for a given time at the old rate. How much 
like the rivalry that has in past years existed in 
church organizations! For the sake of numbers 
or prestige the rate to heaven is lowered that 
thousands may be induced to sail in this or thqt 
denominational ship. But the difference is that 
while those who take passage for Europe at the 
reduced rate are pretty sure of getting there, 
those who take passage for heaven at less than 
(spiritual) living rates will find that they cannot 
reach the desired haven on that ship or that fare 
(John 3:3). 

+ 

It is said that the physicians at the Ohio State 
Hospital for the Insane, at Massillon, Ohio, have 
tried the experiment of exhibiting to the patients 
a large painting of Christ illumined by electric 
lights. It is believed that by thus concentrating 
the attention of the insane upon this picture their 
beclouded minds and bewildered intellects may 
be arrested and held in thoughtfulness, and by 
being thus led into intelligent contemplation of 
Him whose portrait they see, a beneficial thera- 
peutic result will be produced that may result 
in their recovery. The experiment was made at 
the religious services. A large picture, entitled, 
“Christ Knocking at the Door,” a copy of Hof- 
man’s well-known masterpiece, was placed in the 
chapel and after some religious music of an im- 
pressive character a battery of previously ar- 
ranged electric lights was suddenly turned on the 
painting. The insane were evidently impressed 
and some looked long and thoughtfully on the 
picture. The lights were then turned out and 
after more music the process was repeated. Many 
of the patients realized whom the picture was 
intended to represent, and while some raised 
their hands in supplication, others fell on their 
knees and wept. It is believed by the physician:; 
that many can be helped by this process. A 
physician by the name of Luke, who lived long 
ago, records that the risen Jesus asked a certain 
man to look upon his hands and feet, and in do- 
ing so he was cured of his unbelief. And John’s 
voice still echoes to us: "Behold the Lamb of 
God which taketh away the sin of the world,” 
And through the prophet the Lord himself says, 
“Look unto me, all the ends of the earth, and 
be ye saved.” Oh. it is a wonderful thing to get 
the mind centered upon Christ, until with the 
eye of faith we see Him who suffered for our 
sins! The word of God paints a wonderful pic- 
ture of the Christ, and asks a world that has 
gone insane over the things of time and sense to 
look upon that picture until the mind realizes the 
reality and finds peace and rest in Him by whom 
alone we can be clothed and in our right minds. 

ITEMS. 

The trial of General Stoessel. the Russian officer 
who abandoned Port Arthur after it was made 
untenable in the Russo-Japanese war, Is drawing 
to a close and the chances for acquittal are slim. 
It seems strange that after such awful sacrifice 
of life in that murderous siege, another life 
should be sacrificed because the fort was not held 
until all were either killed or rendered incapable 
of further resistance. 

At a play held in Rhoads Opera House at 
Boyertown, Pa., on the evening of Jan. 13, by the 
St. John’s Lutheran Sunday school of that place 
for the benefit of the church, a tank exploded, 
causing a stampede in the crowded building. 
While the actors were trying to quiet the audi- 


ence, the oil lamps which served as footlights 
were overturned, setting the place on fire. The 
crush at the doors caused many women and chil- 
dren to be trampled to death. Others were burned 
to death. It is said that in some cases entire 
families have been wiped out. Still others, in 
the balcony, jumped through windows, sustaining 
more or less serious injuries. If there had been 
an orderly exit, all might have been saved. Of 
the dead over seventy have been identified. It is 
thought that some were so completely consumed 
that no vestige will be found. The house is re- 
ported a total loss. It is indeed sad, and, in its 
way, a terrible warning. 

FINANCIAL REPORT 

Of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities 
for the Month of November, 1907. 

RECEIVED. 

Evangelizing. — Benonia Stemen, $25. 

Chicago Mission. — Sunday School Meeting. Mc- 
Veytown, Pa., $25.25; Mission Meeting Gen. Conf., 
$20.91; a Bro., Gap, Pa., $4; A. R. Miller. $1. To- 
tal. $51.16. 

India Mission. — Sunday School Meeting. Marion, 
Pa.. $15.10; a Bro., Mount Joy, Pa., $10; .1. D. 
Rosenberger, $1; A. R., Holden, Mo., $5; Walnut 
Creek Cong., O.. $25; a Pilgrim, $10; Baden Cong., 

N. Dak.. $1.25; Vineland Cong., Ont„ $26.86; Pal 
myra S. S., Mo„ $2.80; Sterling S. S.. 111.. $45.33; 
Belleville A. M. S. S., Pa., $15.30; a Sister, $2; 
from Minn., $144.30: Mo. and la. Conf. Disk, $7.55; 
Freeport Cong., 111., $46; Middlebury S. S„ Ind., 
$2; Pea Ridge S. S.. Mo.. $2.25; Poole Cong.. Ont. 
$12: Mahoning and Columbiana Cos. Congs. and 
S. Ss.. Ohio, $51.76; Clinton A. M. Cong., Ind., 
$29.87; a Bro., West Liberty, Ohio, $20; a Sister, 
I^ancaster, Pa.. $1; Allensville A. M. S. S., Pa., 
$19.81; Berea Cong.. Mo.. $2.30; J. F. Brunk and 
wife (for Geo. J. Lapp and wife), $250; Mo. and 
Iowa Conf. Dist., $6: Benonia Stemen, $25; Mis- 
sion Meeting Gen. Conf., $100; M. M. Buch, $10; 
Upper Deer Creek S. S„ la., $3; Matt. 6:3, $5; 
Baltimore Co. (Md.) Cong., $6: a Bro. and Sister. 
Fort. Wayne, Ind., $5; Desta Wilson, $2; a Bro., 
Ind., $5; Susanna Eby. $5; D. F. Driver, $5; Mrs. 
Elizabeth Yoder, $2. Total. $917.48. 

India Orphans. — Liberty Cong., la.. $3.90; Upper 
Deer Creek Cong.. la.. $15: John and Etta Coop- 
rider. $15: Andrew Nafziger. $15; Minerva Kauff 
man. $1.25; Mary Gilliom, $15; Emma Oyer’s S. 3. 
Class, $25.25. Tolal, $90.40. 

Fort Wayne Mission. — Mission Meeting. Gen. 
Conf.. $20.50; S. S. Meeting. Holdeman Cong., 
Ind.. $6; A. R. Miller, $1. Total, $27.50. 

Kansas City Mission. — Mission Meeting. Gen. 
Conf.. $20.50. 

Old People’s Home. — Suavely estate. $500: Free- 
port Cong., 111., $15. Total, $515.00. 

Orphans’ Home. — A Bro.. Los Angeles. Calif.. 
$5; Freeport Cong., 111., $15. Total. $20.00. 

General Fund. — A Bro., West Liberty. O., $15: 
Zimmerly Cong., Ohio, $9.02; Cong. Allen Co., 
Ohio. $40.20; Mission Meeting. Allen Co., O., 
$4.36; Snavely estate, $200. Total, $268.58. 

Widows and Orphans of Missionaries. — Union 
Cong.. 111.. $21; Lucinda Zimmerman, $3.50. To- 
tal, $24.50. 

La Junta Sanitarium. — M. M. Buch, $10.00. 

South America. — Maple Grove Cong., Ind.. $46.50. 

EASTERN TREASURER. 

S. H. Musselman, New Holland, Pa. 

India Mission. — Paradise S. S., Md., • $36.25; 
Cedar Grove S. S., Md., $15.25; Stauffer’s S. S.. 
Md.. $15; Reiff’s Cong.. Md., $47; Churchtown S. 
S. Meeting, $11.30; Groffdale Cong., $68; Lizzie 
Leaman, $10; P. B. Buchwalter, $10; Weaverland 
Cong., $46.40. Total, $259.20. 

Kansas City Mission. — Lizzie Leaman, $5.00. 

WESTERN TREASURER. 

Jos. R. Stauffer, Milford, Neb. 

Chicago Mission. — A. M. S. S., Wood River, 
Neb., $9.50. 

India Mission. — Peter Reil, $4.20; Jos. R. Stauf- 
fer, $1.30. Total, $5.50. 

LOCAL INSTITUTIONS. 

Chicago Mission. — A. H. Leaman. Supt., 145 W. 
18th St. — Jacob Bixler. $2; Lizzie Hess. 50c; Benj. 
Chrlstophel, $1; Bro. Yoder. $1; Obed I. Miller, 
$5; Katie Witmer, $5; E. S. Hallman. $2; Bro. 
Wenger. Va„ $1; Hettie Good, $1; N. A. Lehman. 
$4.70; Ira Barge, $2; David Driver, $1; Fannie 
Buchwalter, $5; Harry Charles. $2; J. G. Hartzler, 
$2; a Friend. Gosnen, $1.50; Friends. Goshen, 
$1.25; Sister Ringenberg, 50c: a Friend, la.. $1; 
Emma Hanawalt, $1; Harmony S. S., 111., $18: 
Kate Witmer, $5: J. C. Leaman, $1; Levi Glick, 
50c; S. Christophel, 50c; from Minn., $56; rent. 
$23. Total, $144.45. 

Fort Wayne Mission. — J. M. Hartzler. Supt., 1207 
St. Mary’s Ave. — A Sister, 111., $1; Sister Rutt, 
Ind., $1; a Bro., Ohio, $2; M. K. Smoker, $1; J. H. 


Moseman, $1; Bro. Charles. $1; Emma Cong.. Ind., 
$S; Sister King, Ohio, $1; Maple Grove Cong., 
Ind., $30; Shore Cong., Hid.. $18.75. Total. $64.75. 
Kansas City Mission. — J. D. Charles, Supt., 200 

S. 7th St.. Kansas City. Kan. — Lina Driver, $1; 
Arthur S. Crawford. $5; Peter Rohrer, 50c; A. D. 
Driver, $5; Joel Good. $5; Chris. Gingrich, $10; 
William Edleman, $1: E. E. Sharer, $4; Emma 
Erb, $1; S. C. Miller, $1: William Taylor. $1; 

T. M. Erb. $7: Anna King. $1; Fannie Troyer. $1; 
Ella Kauffman, $1; Sycamore Grove Cong., Mo., 
$13; Mo. and la. Conf., $2.90; B. L. Charles. $5; 
Sue Hostetler, 50c; Liberty Cong., la.. $2.09: Meta 
mora (III.) S. S.. $10; Mission Circle. 111., $12.50: 
Mrs. John Oescli, $2; a Sister. $1.12; Barbara 
Driver, $1; Metamora Cong., 111.. $27.12; Day 
Nursey, $1.60. Total. $123.71. 

Canton Mission. — 1934 E. 8th SI. — A Sister. $1; 
Moses Miller. 25c; Pleasant View S. S„ O.. $8.25: 
C. H. Moseman, $2; H H. Lapp, $2; Mrs. Levi 
Brenneman. $1; Salem Cong., Wayne Co.. O., $5; 
Lantz Sisters. $2; a Sister, $1; a Sister. $2; 
Mahoning Co. (O.) Cong.. $4; Walnut Creek Cong., 

O., $15: Mrs. Bear. 25c: Sister Buchwalter. $2; 
two Sisters, 75c; found in bean sack, 98c; Bar- 
bara Zook, $1. Total. $48.48. 

La Junta Sanitarium. — J. M. Hershe.v. Sec.. La 
Junta. Colo. — E. E. Hessor, $15; J. M. Yoder, $10; 
David Bergey. $5; Fianagan (111.) Cong., $99; 
Goodfield (111.) Cong.. $24; D. C. Stelnman. $5; 
Daniel Steinman, $5; Ben. Saltzman. $2: Barbara 
Albrecht. $100; Anna Erb. $5; Edward Redlger, 
$5; E. E. Sharer, $25; P. E. Brunk. $1; J. J. 
Wenger. $5; J. Ropp. $100; J. Rupp. $100; J. C. 
Mayos. $1; Stephen Stahly, $2; A. R. Miller. $5; 
C. W. Lininger, $4; Ellen Weaver. $1; M. B. Fast. 
$1; State Bank, Canton, Kail., $5; L. Lumberv, 
$5; John Nelson. $5; C. W. Cooprider, $5; Roan- 
oke Cong., 111., $80; Deer Creek Cong., Iowa. 
$256.50; D. B. Zook, $100. Total, $1,076.50. 

American Mennonite Mission, Dhamtari, C. P., 
India. — J. A. Ressler, Supt. — (October Report.) — 
Marv Ebersole (for Orphans’ Library). $36; West 
Union S. S„ la.. $31.25; Geo. Marner, $15; S. S. 
Conf., Johnston, Pa., $56.50; Zion Cong.. Ore., 
$14.20: Elias Swartzentruber, $50; government 
grant for schools, $33; government grant for lep- 
ers. $52. Total, $287.95. 

Old People’s Home. — .1. D. Mininger. Supt., Mar- 
shallville, Ohio. — (October and November Re- 
ports.) — From Calif.. $9.43; Mrs. P. J. Ernst, $3.25; 
sundries, $1.15; a Sister, $1; Barbara Barr, $20; 
Kan. and Neb. Mission Board, $12.90; Daniel 
Steiner, $5; Ellen Hollinger, $24; Bro. and Sister 
Moyer. Souderton. Pa., $3; Bro. and Sister Huns- 
berger, Wadsworth. O., $3; John Winkler. $16, 
Salem Cong.. Wayne Co.. O., $6.37; J. L. Shellen- 
berger, $5; Elias Falb, $1; D. Lehman, 25c: Y 
Book. 10c; Simeon Brubaker. $1: Simon Nofziger. 
$1; J. Shellenberger. $10; S. Gingirich estate, $20, 
Walnut Creek Cong., O.. $15. Total. $158.45. 

Orphans’ Home. — A. Metzler. Supt., West Lib- 
erty, Ohio. — Friends, West Liberty, Ohio, $5; Ruth 
Horner, $2.25; Florence Ashby. $4; Mary Kelly. 
$5; Seth Wyse, $1; Gillie Runkle. $8: Bertha 
Grissinger, $6; Lizzie B. and Ruth Landis’ S. S. 
Class, $12; Orias Cressmah. $2; Auditor Putnam 
Co., O., $13; Canadian Friends. $4; E. Miranda. 
$2; Walnut Creek Cong., $15; Lydia King, $1. 
Total, $80.25. 

PAID. 

Evangelizing, $69.27. General Fund. $226.71. 
Sister Burkhard, $34.25. Chicago Missions^ Home 
Mission. $63.58; Gospel Mission, $33.20; Hoyne 
Ave. Mission, $24.82; rents, $25; charities, $29.50. 
Fort Wayne Mission: Improvements, $35.76; gen- 
eral, $59.67. Kansas City Mission: Improvements, 
$18.91: relief, $15.70; general. $110.36. India Mis- 
sion, $1,442.00. Old People’s Home (Oct. and 
Nov.): Improvements, $1,107.22; fuel, $397.86; gen- 
eral, $395.97. Orphans' Home: Improvements, 

$322.60; general, $103.58. Canton Mission: Char- 
ity, $12.82; rent. $9: .general, $21.79. 

Total receipts, $4,280.36. Total paid. $3,558.36. 

G. L. BENDER, Gen. Treas., Elkhart. Ind. 

P. S. — On account of heavy work during the 
holidays the November report comes into print 
rather late. Will try to have the December report, 
ready sooner. G. L. B. 

WELSH MOUNTAIN INDUSTRIAL MISSION. 

We, the undersigned auditors appointed by the 
Sunday School Mission Board, have examined the 
financial account of the Welsh Mou ntain Indus- 
trial Mission for 1907: found It correct as follows: 
Receipts. — Balance, Jan. 1. 1907, $31.93; contri- 
butions, $517.20; Mdse, $5,409.84; labor, $27.4"; 
rent, $27: telephone receipts. $7.75: money bor- 
rowed, $1,008.16; Mdse, discount. 74c. Total. 
$7,033.07. 

Expenditures. — Mdse.. $5,803.32; labor, $39.2"; 
machinery and fixtures, $69.25: general expense. 
$421.62; rent, $11.83: orders paid. $2.51; borrowed 
nion£v returned. $655.50. Total. $7,003.23. Bal- 
ance, $29.84. JOHN K. RANCK, 

AMOS CHARLES. 

New Holland, Pa., Jan. 14, 1908. Auditors. 



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Yoder— Good— On Jan. 11. 1908. by Pre. O. A. 
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and Sister Elsie W. Good. God bless the brother 
and sister In their new relation. 


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he left home with prospects of a long life, never 
to return alive. He went to the home of Bro. Henry 
Ziegler, his father-in-law, a distance of three mile. , 
to saw cordwood with a gasoline engine. mey 
had not yet sawed any wood when the belt run 
off the belt-wheel at the saw, and in some manner 
his leg was caught, drawing him up to the engine. 
Ho was whirled around several times until his 
leg was torn off below the knee, striking his head 
against the engine and causing instant, death. The 
funeral was held Jail. 15 at Bro. Ziegler s, and serv- 
ices at the North Lima M. H. nearby. Sermon .was 
preached by Bro. E. M. Detweiler. He eaves a 
sorrowing mother, one brother, wife and two chi 1 
dren The bereaved family have the sympathy of 
the entire community. This again reminds us ot 
the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death. 
-There is but a step between me and death. 
This indeed is a loud call to the unsaved and it 
should be the means of causing those of us who 
have accepted Christ to live near him. for we may 
be called out of this world at a time when we 
think not. 


DEATHS. 


Zimmerman. — On Jan. 13, 1907, nea r Blue Ball. 

I ancaster Co., Pa., of paralysis of the bowels, 
Elizabeth, widow of the late Peter Zimmerman, 
need S4 Y 3 M.. 8 D. She was a daughter of 
Renj. Landis of Upper Leacock township. She 
was married to Samuel Weaver in 186a. To this 
union were born five children, two of " h nn < He 1 
in infancy. Her first husband d,ed .. "f 

vears ago and eight years later, in the fall of 
1873 she was married to Peter Zimmerman, who 
died in 1890. The deceased was widely known at 
a devout and consistent member of the Mennonitj. 
church. She was buried at the Weaverlartd M . H 
on Jan. 17. Services were conducted by Bro. 
Benj. Weaver and others. 

Herr— On Jan. 12. 1907. at the Mennonite Home 
at Oreville. Lancaster Co., Pa., Abram S. Herr, 
aged 66 vears. He was formerly a resident of 
Strasburg township. He had been an inmate of 
the Home since last September He is survived 
l, v five children. Funeral on the 14th. Services 
conducted by Bro. Frank M. Herr and Bro. Levi 
Weaver. Burial at Longeneckers M. H. 

Eash— Bro. William Eash, son of Sister Susan 
Eash died of consumption near Holsopple. t a., 
Jan. 3. 1908; aged 17 Y.. 11 M.. 17 D. Bra Eash 
had been ailing for about two years. About one 
vear ago he saw the need of a Savior, confess© 1 
Christ and united with the Mennonite church, 
since which time he was a fai.hfu men.ber at, 
tending services when health permitted. A f 
davs before he died he sent for Bish. Saylor and 
desired communion. He died w th a . ) ving ; f«Hh 
and hope to enter the glory world. He is survived 
bv his widowed mother, one brother and many 
friends His father died alK.nl seventeen >ears 
ago. It is sad for the mother to give up her son 
while so young, but she can console herself that 
he is now resting, sweetly resting from sorrow 
and care. Funeral on the 5th at the Blough M. 

H Services were conducted by Bish. Jas. Saylor, 
assisted by Samuel Gindlesperger. \\. C. Harsh- 
berger, S. D. Yoder and L. A. Blough. 

Wile Susan, widow of the late John F. Wile, 

died in Lower Salford Twpr., Montgomery Co 
Pa., of obstructions of the bowels, on Dec. 2 . 
mn7- aeed 77 Y., 8 M., 21 D. She died on the 
same day that her sister was buried. Her nus- 
i.and died over three years ago. She leaves two 
daughters. Funeral on Jan. 1, 1908. at the Sa - 
ford Mennonite M. H. 

Cassel— On Dec. 23. 1907. at the home of her 
„„?y daughter. Mary A. Freyer, at Norristown, 
Pa., of paralysis. Mary A., widow of ' h , p , la * e 
ham K. Cassel. formerly of Lower Salford, Mont 
'ornery Co.. Pa.: aged 80 years. Funeral on 
Saturday Dec. 28. 1907. at the Lower Salford 
Mennonite M. H. She is survived by two sons 
and one daughter. 

Kauffman. -Esther Kauffman (maldenname 

Yoder) was born in Juniata Co., Pa.. April 13, 
1840; died at the home of her daughter, near 
East Lynne, Mo., Jan. 9. 1908; aged 87 Y 8 M., 

n On June 4. 1868. she was married to Solo 
moil Kauffman, who, with two daughters, survives 
er suffering the loss of a faithful companion 
ami a loving mother. Yet they mourn not as 
those who have no hope. At the age of eighteen 
she united with the Amish Mennonite church and 
remained a faithful member until death. While 
her last sickness was long and suffering at |time. 
severe vet she bore it patiently and was willing 
to submit to whatever the Lord sawflttoplace 
nnon her.* Funeral services were held at the 
Sycamore Grove M. H. by J. J. and C. A. Hartzler 
from 2 Tim. 4:7. 8. which text was her own selec- 
tion. 

Collar— Bro. Noah Collar was born in Mahoning 
Co Ohio. Dec. 9. 1878. and was taken out of this 
world almost in the twinkling of an eye, Jan. 13, 
1908; aged 29 Y- 1 M-, 4 D. Oil Monday morning 


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EDITORIAL NOTES. 


For our next number we have an article on 
"True Christian Progress” from Bish. David Burk- 
holder of Nappanee, Ind. 

* 

One of our correspondents writes; “It seems 
some people are never so well satisfied as when 
they can continually be placing their hands on 
other people’s sores. Let us be careful. — B.” 

■¥ 

The smallpox excitement in Elkhart county has 
so far subsided that schools, Sunday schools and 
church services are beginning to be resumed, and 
the people are going about with more confidence. 

+ 

Colorado seems, from the reports we read, a 
great sugar-beet producing country. One of our 
brethren there last year had eighty acres out in 
that product, which will bring him in some seven 
thousand dollars. 

* 

Faithfulness means to accept and practice with- 
out deviation or wavering all that God has com- 
manded us to do and to observe in his unchange- 
able word. “Blessed is that servant whom his 
lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing.” 

* 

The excellent report of the Woodburn (Oregon) 
Bible conference had to be left over for next 
issue for want of room. We hope the brethren 
there will excuse the delay. A number of other 
articles had to be laid over for the same reason 
* 

Sunday school reorganization at La Junta, Colo., 
resulted in putting Bro. John Brunk into the su- 
perintendent's place, Bro. T. J. Zook in the 
assistant superintendent’s position, Bro. Roy Eber- 
sole to fill the office of secretary and treasurer, 
and Timothy Thut to lead the singing. God bless 
the Sunday school. 

* 

We are pleased to see that contributions are 
still coming in for the missions in India and 
Turkey. This is an encouraging feature in our 
mission work. Let the good work go on. We 
shall be glad to receive and acknowledge all 
these contributions and see that they get into 
the proper hands. 

* 

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tunity to secure good books at cheap rates. Some 
of these books are being closed out and will not 
be re-printed, so that with at least a number of 
them this will be the last chance to obtain them 
* 

It is encouraging to hear from our evangelists 
and Bible conference workers all over the country 
that they are laboring diligently in the vineyard 
and that many are brought to see their lost con- 
dition and turning with the overtures of mercy in 
the accepted time. We hope our correspondents 
from all these active scenes of labor will send in 


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Wrong influences are' like leaven. Often un 
observed they incorporate themselves into our 
life and character and become a part of our be- 
ing. and we are led by them to call wrong things 
right and right things wrong. Let us watch and 
pray that we may not become the victims of such 
influences. The Lord gives on the consequences 
of these influences an extreme example when ho 
says, "The time cometh. that whosoever killeth 
you (the disciples or God’s righteous children! 
will think that he doeth God service.” May the 
Lord ever preserve us and all his children from 
such delusions. 

* 

The Herald of Truth, Words of Cheer and Les- 
son Helps, both advanced and primary, will con- 
tinue as the publications of the Mennonite Pub- 
lishing Company and will maintain their former 
faithfulness and devotion to the Mennonite doc- 
trines and teachings, as well as the discipline 
and practices of the church, and we ask all who 
have in the past recognized their worth and all 
our patrons to use their influence to extend the 
use and circulation of these periodicals both in 
the families of our people and in the Sunday 
schools. A word of recommendation to friends, 
to teachers and superintendents of Sunday schools 
and others interested may help us in our work to 
supply good literature for our Mennonite church 
and people. 

* 

We recently had a communication from Dutton, 
Mich., in regard to taking care of the Mennonite 
meeting-house near that place. In the reading of 
the communication it occurred to us that if the 
congregation were properly taken care of there 
would be no necessity of seeking out a way for 
the house to be taken care of. And this leads 
us to another thought. We have many young 
brethren, in fact, volunteers for the mission work 
In foreign lands and distant cities. Why not, 
while you are waiting for a place to open in the 
foreign field, choose a place like this and go to 
work at once? Here Is a reasonably good and 
commodious meeting-house and here still remains 
the nucleus of a church, a small membership, 
mostly old people, and here also are the descend- 
ants of members, who from early childhood had 
the principles and practices of the Mennonite 
people implanted into their minds and hearts, 
and about twelve miles away Is the Bowne con- 
gregation. as a standby when one is needed. 
Why could not one of our young brethren whose 
soul Is filled with the mission spirit and the love 
of souls go there and begin work? The field Is 


certainly a needy one and may be In some way 
hard to cultivate, but it will not by any means 
require the hardship and sacrifice that one needs 
to go to a foreign country among the heathen, 
and we feel sure that with a little self-sacrifice 
and effort a devoted, earnest little congregation 
could be gathered in to occupy the house built 
for the cause of the Lord in that vicinity. Who 
will go? 

* 

Our Confession of Faith gives us a clear-cut 
description of the character of God’s people, when 
it says: “We believe in and confess a visible 
church of God, consisting of those who have truly 
repented and rightly believed; who are rightly 
baptized, united with God In heaven, and incor 
porated Into the communion of the saints on earth 
(1 Cor. 12:13). And these, we confess, are a 
chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy na- 
tion, who have the testimony that they are the 
’bride’ of Christ, yea, they are the children and 
heirs of eternal life; a habitation of God through 
the Spirit, built on the foundation of the apostles 
and prophets, of which Christ himself is the chief 
corner stone.” 

From the above wc may readily understand that 
the Christian life that is in accordance with the 
word of God is not simply a professing with the 
mouth, but means a rqpl, inner, spiritual change 
of heart through the power and influence of the 
Holy Spirit, a dying unto sin, a resurrection to 
newness of life through the power of God, a real 
seeking after the things that are above and the 
setting of our affections on heavenly things and 
not on things on the earth— a real walking with 
Christ, and having our conversation in heaven. 

PERSONAL MENTION. 

Pre. Levi Miller of Cass Co., Mo., conducted 
religious services in the A. M. meeting-house on 
the evening of Jan. 12. 

Bro. D. G. Lapp of Roselaud, Neb., is booked 
for a series of meet ings at La Junta,. Colo., during 
the latter part of the month of January. 

Pre. Chr. Yoder and wife of Mifflin Co., Pa- 
spent some time with the brotherhood in Lan- 
caster county during the middle of January. 

Among the ministers and brethren from a dis- 
tance who attended the late Bible conference at 
Hubbard, Oregon, were Pre. C. R. Gerig. Pre. 
J. P. Bontrager, J. M. Schlegel, Daniel Widmer 
and others. 

Pre. Valentine Garber of Minnesota has been 
visiting with the brotherhood In Perth Co., Ont.. 
where he broke the bread of life to the congrega- 
tion on Jan. 5 and also at the Wellesly M. H. 
on the 12th. 

Bish. D. J. Johns of Goshen, Ind., was doing 
evangelistic and Bible conference work In Oscoda 
~Co.. Mich., two weeks ago. The brethren and 
sisters In that part of Michigan are active In the 
Lord’s work. 

Pre. Benjamin Hartzler of Garden City. Mo., 
during the several weeks past, has been visiting 
among the congregations in Oregon and spent 
some time with Bro. J. F. Bressler in the mission 
work in Portland. 

Bro. Jacob B. Bixler of the Holdeman con- 
gregation. Elkhart Co.. Ind., was still holding 
meetings at White Cloud. Mich., during last 


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week. We hope he may have had good success 
with (he work there. 

Pre. C. Good, wife and Sister Mary V. Shank 
of Virginia at last reports were visiting in Allen 
Co., Ohio, where Bro. Good also did some gospel 
work, preaching in the several meeting-houses of 
the brethren in that vicinity. 

Bro. J. K. Bixler of the Holdeman congregation, 
Elkhart Co., Ind., after spending several weeks 
with the Bowne and White Cloud congregations 
in Michigan, returned on Saturday, Jan. 25. At. 
the latter place there were nine confessions. 

Bish. D. J. Johns of near Goshen, Ind., is with 
the Belleville congregation in Mifflin Co., Pa., 
during the present week, holding a Bible con- 
ference. The brethren John S. Mast, Eli Frey 
and J. E. Kauffman are also on the program. 

Sister Orpha Eshleman of Cumberland Co., Pa., 
spent some time during the past two weeks in 
Elkhart as the guest of Bro. and Sister Page. 
She went from Elkhart to Chicago to visit friends, 
but expects to return and take in the Bible 
conference. 

Bro. Peter B. Snyder of Plain view, Texas, 
several weeks ago, while visiting with the con- 
gregation at his former home In Jackson Co., 
Minn., conducted a number of meetings, in which 
he presented the truth in such a plain, practical 
way that he left deep impressions on the minds 
of his hearers. 

Bro. S. F. Coffman of Vineland., Out., is at 
present in Elkhart, conducting a Bible conference 
here. The meetings commenced on Monday even- 
ing. Jan. 27. We believe the work here will prove 
a great blessing to the membership, and our 
prayers are that the work may be blessed to the 
salvation of many souls. 

Sister Salome Zook of La Junta, Colo., who has 
lost her eyesight, is busily engaged in sewing 
carpet rags, the proceeds of which she gives to 
the mission cause. She is in this way laboring 
for the gospel and no dbubt doing more for the 
cause of Christ than many who have the use of 
all their faculties. God bless the faithful ones 
who are doing even under difficulties what they 
can for God’s kingdom. 

Bro. Samuel Christophel and wife of Elizabeth- 
town, Lancaster Co., Pa., spent about two weeks 
In Elkhart and vicinity recently, visiting relatives 
and friends. They also made several visits at 
the Publishing House and carried with them some 
good books at the reduced rates at which they 
are now offered. We have some more bargains 
of this kind of which we want some one to have 
the benefit. We much enjoyed their visit. Bro. 
Christophel was born an d g rew to manhood’s 
years in Elkhart county and seemed to greatly 
enjoy the visit among former associations. 

Gertrude E. Funk, formerly of Fargo. N. Dak., 
where she for several years was a teacher in 
the high school of that city, spent several days 
with her uncles, J. F. and A. K. Funk in Elkhart, 
last week. She, with a party of teachers, took a 
trip to Germany, France and other parts of 
Europe last summer, returning to America in 
September. She spent several months with rela- 
tives in and near Philadelphia, returning to her 
uncle, M. F. Rittenhouse in Chicago, where she 
is now staying. Many of our readers will remem- 
ber her as one of the contributors to the Young 
People’s Paper and also to the Herald. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

REPORT OF MEETING OF MENNONITE PUB- 
LICATION BOARD. 

*L 

As previously announced, the Mennonlte Pub- 
lication Committee met at Goshen, Ind., Jan. 8, 
1908, and the meeting was opened with prayer by 
Bro. Jonathan Kurtz. The following brethren 
answered to roll calL J. S. Shoemaker. Jonathan 
Kurtz, Abram Metzler, Noah Hoover, E. L. Fry 
for S. H. Miller, S. C. Lapp, David Garber, David 
Burkholder for Emanuel Stahley, Christian Good, 
Samuel Carver, J. S. Shoemaker for E. 8, Hall- 


man, and I. J. Buchwalter. In the absence of the 
secretary, S. H. Miller, the writer was chosen to 
keep a record of the proceedings. 

The question of moving forward and taking 
such steps as are necessary to complete an or- 
ganization whereby the church may own and con- 
trol her own publishing interests, was then pre- 
sented, whereupon the chairman read a number 
of letters from brethren and churches in the 
United States and Canada. These letters, with 
the unanimous expression of the several mem- 
bers of the committee, were regarded as the pulse 
of the church on this important question and led 
to the adoption of the following resolution: 

“In view of the favorable reports from the 
various conference districts, therefore be it 
"Resolved that we as representatives of the 
church proceed to formulate a constitution and 
by-laws; that we effect a permanent organization 
and take such other steps leading to tjie estab- 
lishing of a Church Publishing House.” 

The name of the organization is to be “Menno- 
nite Publication Board.” 

The evening session was spent in framing the 
constitution and by-laws, which will appear in 
print in the near future. 

The meeting was called to order at 8 a. m., 
Jan. 9, by Chairman Shoemaker. Prayer by I. J. 
Buchwalter. The work of electing officers for 
the permanent organization was then taken up, 
which resulted as follows: President, J. S. Shoe- 
maker; vice-president, Jonathan Kurtz; secretary, 

S. H. Miller; treasurer, Abram Metzler. 

Inasmuch as the Mennonite Publishing Co. had 
not. yet accepted our offer of $8,000.00 for their 
publications, we invited representatives from tha* 
institution to meet with us, whereupon James A. 
Bell, J. F. Funk and A. B. Kolb accepted the 
invitation and met with us in the afternoon ses- 
sion. After spending some time in a friendly 
interview pertaining to publications, books, ma- 
chinery, etc., Mr. Bell stated that their lowest 
price on their publications is $14,250.00. The 
Board, after a careful and prayerful consideration 
of this proposition, could not see its way cleat- 
in paying this sum and therefore passed the fol- 
lowing resolution: 

“Resolved, That since the price asked by the 
Mennonite Publishing Co. for their list of pub- 
lications is $6,250.00 in excess of what the Menno- 
nite Publication Board felt justified in giving, 
therefore be it known that we as representatives 
of the church decline to accept their proposition." 

It was decided to purchase the machinery, pub- 
lications and supplies belonging to the Gospel 
Witness Co. valued at $7,219.21, and the stock of 
books, etc., belonging to the Mennonite Book & 
Tract Soeiety, valued at $4,942.10. 

Having decided that the Mennonite Publishing 
House should be located at Scottdale, Pa., for the 
present, the work of choosing officers of the House 
and the different committees was taken up and 
resulted as follows: 

Editors: Daniel Kauffman and D. H. Bender. 

Contributing Editors: D. D. Miller, A. D. Wen- 
ger and Daniel Graber. 

Managing Committee: Aaron Loucks, A. D. 

Wenger, E. S. Hallman, C. Z. Yoder and Eli Fry. 

Publishing Committee: Daniel Kauffman, D. H 
Bender, D. J. Johns, L. J. Heatwole, G. R. Brunk, 

I. R. Detweller and S. G. Shetler. 

Finance Committee: Abram Metzler, Aaron 

Loucks, Jacob Loucks, M. S. Steiner, A. D. Wen- 
ger, M. C. Cressman and S. E. Algyer. 

Auditing Committee: Jonas Culler. D. S. Yoder 
and D.74. Gish. 

The following resolutions were then passed: 

1. That J. S. Shoemaker, Jonathan Kurtz and 
Noah Hoover be appointed to take such steps as 
are necessary to the taking out of letters of 
incorporation, 

2. That our place of business be known as 
Mennonite Publishing House. 

3. That the naming of the new church paper 
be left to the Publishing Committee. 

Meeting was called to order, Jan. 10, by the 
chairman. Prayer by David Burkholder. 


The following resolution was passed: That the 
new institution be launched as soon as the neces- 
sary arrangements can be made by the Executive 
Committee. 

As a church we have said that we desire a pub- 
lishing house owned and controlled by the church, 
and now that steps have been taken thus far it 
is to be hoped that each congregation throughout 
the land will be liberal in its donations, that the 
Finance Committee will meet with success and 
that ere long our Church Publishing House will 
be established free from debt, so that the profits 
of the institution may be used for the good cause 
and thereby many souls may be won for the 
Master. May the richest blessings of heaven at- 
tend this new institution, and may it result in 
awakening a greater interest for good literature, 
advancing the cause of Christ, and promoting 
unity in faith in the church, is our prayer. 

MENNONITE PUBLICATION BOARD. 

I. J. BUCHWALTER, Sec 

REMARKS ON THE ABOVE 
PROCEEDINGS. 

We have always been in favor of the church 
owning and controlling her publishing interests 
and were glad when the question began to be 
agitated and a movement toward that end in- 
stituted. In transferring the interests of the 
Mennonite Publishing Co. to the church, the in- 
terests which they, with the help of the stock- 
holders and the support of the brotherhood at 
large, have established and maintained through 
many years — in transferring these publications, 
we repeat, into the hands of the church, or, in 
other words, selling them to the Publication 
Board, we had a reasonable right to ask and to 
expect that the board would agree to pay us a 
reasonable price, and in justice to our many 
brethren who are stockholders and have the same 
rights and privileges and deserve the same fair 
treatment as other brethren, this was a sacred 
duty which we as faithful stewards could not 
shirk. We were in duty bound to conserve the 
Interests of our stockholders as well as the inter- 
ests of the Publication Board. 

When the Committee or the Publication Board 
declined to offer an adequate price for our pub- 
lications or to even meet us half way, ali we 
could do was to decline the offer they made 11 s. 
just the same as other brethren and other busi- 
ness men would do in other business transactions. 
And now that the Board, in the name of the 
church and as the representatives of a part of 
the church (not by the actual voice of the church 
or the consent of all her conferences), assumed 
to place themselves as rivals and competitors of 
the Mennonit e Publishing Co., with the os tensible 
purpose and end in view to swallow up and over- 
power the Mennonite Publishing Co. and then 
occupy the field themselves, we could only do 
what we plainly told some of the members of the 
Committee would be our only alternative — go on 
as we have done in the past and meet the com- 
petition as best we can. 

This is an unpleasant task — a very unpleasant 
proposition to meet. Our whole lifetime, now for 
nearly fifty years of active business, has been 
one of conflict and trial. We have met. opposition 
and rivalry all along the way. and we had hoped 
that after our three-score years and ten we might 
hand over this work in a kind, peaceful, brotherly 
way, retire from these active scenes of conflict 
and trial and spend the evening of life in quiet- 
ness and peace; but when the answer came from 
the- Board that th e y would not take our publica- 
tions. but would go on to establish the new pub- 
lishing house without the Mennonite Publishing 
Co.’s publications and make no further effort to 
merge the two rival concerns, our hopes of nearly 
half a century were dashed to the ground and we 
knew that we must again, with renewed vigor, 
lay hold of the plow and press on in the work. 
(God give us grace that we may.) We see no 
other way but to stand for the right for not only 
a part, but for all our brethren. In this instance, 
as in many previous ones, we see no other way 


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1908. ~ HERALD OF TRUTH. 


than either to hold to what we have and make the 
best of it, or else sacrifice the property and 
prestige purchased and accumulated at the ex- 
pense of those who have aided and supported us, 
and thus jeopardize the interests of our brethren 
who are bonti- and stockholders with us in the 
business of the Mennonite Publishing Co. 

The question now presents itself to every im- 
partial mind: Will the church at large sanction 
these proceedings and justify the “Publication 
Board” in entering upon this work in competition 
with the Mennonite Publishing House at Elkhart 
without taking their publications and paying a 
just and equitable price for them, and by this 
means stir up competition, contention and busi- 
ness rivalry? This will certainly not tend to 
peace and harmony, and no one can justly blame 
us, because we, with the aid and support of the 
brotherhood, were and are still furnishing a full 
and satisfactory supply of church and Sunday 
school literature, when the rival company with- 
• out just cause launched out in a way that made 
it plain to every close observer that their purpose 
was to drive the Mennonite Publishing Co. from 
the field and appropriate the field to themselves. 
Of' this we have many evidences. And now the 
Comihittee, apparently clothed with the authority 
of the General Conference, comes to the front and 
is willing to pay the Gospel Witness Company 
cost price for their materials, while they are not 
willing to pay the Mennonite Publishing Co. even 
25 per cent, less than cost. Why this difference? 
A number of things like this strongly suggest 
favoritism on one side and unfair dealing on the 
other. We would have' been willing to overlook 
all former unfairness, but when we meet a prop- 
osition that involves the question of right or 
wrong, we must stand by the right, let conse- 
quences be what they may. If the brethren who 
have instigated this condition of things had, when 
asked to do so, united their forces with ours in 
promoting the harmony and unity of the church, 
instead of instigating the work of division and 
contention, contrary to the apostolic teachings, 
our Publishing House and its publications would 
be stronger and the church would have a wider 
and better influence to-day than is now the case. 

Now that the Publication Board has put the 
Mennonite Publishing House into a position where 
they are compelled to stand in competition with 
them (having no way to avoid it), and if the 
same methods of work are employed as have 
hitherto been employed (and we have no reason 
to expect anything better, as to a large extent 
the same persons still have the matter in hand), 
then we know there will be contention and dis- 
cord, and this ought not so to be among brethren. 
We can only judge the future by the past. And 
now, as said above, the question comes to us. 
Will the church at large sanction and justify such 
a course? 

The new company has adopted the name, “Men- 
nonite Publication Board.” But instead of doing 
business under their corporate name they have 
decided to do business under the name of “Menno- 
nite Publishing House." Why two names? Why 
not do "business under their corporate name? The 
name, “Mennonite Publishing House," while not 
the incorporated name of the Mennonite Publish- 
ing Co. at Elkhart, has been by common conseut 
used to designate the plant of the Mennonite Pub- 
lishing Co. at Elkhart, and we feel that we have 
a right to claim that name as belonging to the 
Mennonite Publishing Co.; at least we feel that 
it is the height of assumption for "a rival house 
to make use of the name by which we are known 
and which has so long been in use to designate 
our business plant. To say the least, it will create 
an endless amount of trouble and confusion, and 
we do not believe that brotherly love would ever 
have suggested such a course. 

The Board has already made an appeal for lilt 
oral contributions from the brotherhood for the 
new enterprise. Has not the Mennonite Pub- 
lishing House at Elkhart equally good reasons to 
ask the brotherhood for contributions to promote 
the church publishing cause and in this way help 


to promote the interests of the church? But we 
simply ask the brotherhood to give us their 
patronage, knowing that if the business is prop- 
erly managed it can readily be made to pay Itu 
own way. , 1 

Again, will the brotherhood contribute of their 
means when they know that they are contributing 
toward a cause that has been established and 
organized in a way that will cause discord and 
contention among the brotherhood and in the 
church, and that will have a tendency to break- 
down and destroy the publishing interest which 
the brotherhood has labored forty years to build 
and establish? 

MENNONITE PUBLISHING CO. 

By JOHN F. FUNK, Pres 

For the Herald of Truth. 

THE SECOND MILE. 

By Warren Cable. 

“And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, 
go with him twain” (Matt. 5:41). 

Jesus went about all Galilee preaching the 
gospel of the kingdom and teaching in the 
synagogues and healing all manner of diseases, 
and now his fame had spread throughout all 
Syria in consequence of his mighty works, until 
there followed him a great multitude of people. 
And a motley crowd it probably was. We can 
imagine as being among the multitude, fishermen 
from Capernaum, shepherds from the hills of 
Galilee, an occasional Roman soldier and the 
lame and halt and blind, who, hearing the news 
of his wonderful works of healing, had come 
from far and near that they might be near him 
and perchance be also healed. 

And as the Savior looked upon the multitude 
gathered before him on this occasion, we can 
imagine what feeling of compassion welled up 
within his loving heart, as he beheld how sinful 
and utterly degraded and wretched their con- 
dition was. 

“And seeing the multitude he went up into a 
mountain, and when he was set, his disciples 
came unto him" (Matt. 5:1). 

Jesus had. as yet, been engaged in the actual 
work of his ministry only about six months, and 
undoubtedly the multitude before him had at 
this time but a very meager conception of the 
nature of his teachings. 

And now the divine Teacher opens his lips and 
pours into their ears a sermon such as the world 
has never heard before or since. He sets at 
naught all their preconceived notions of morality, 
and self-righteousness and gave them a system 
of ethics so infinitely pure and beyond human 
ideas that there is little wonder that the people 
were astonished at his doctrine. “He spake as 
never man spake." Most of those present wete 
probably Jews, and therefore conversant with the 
law of Moses. They heard the Master declare 
that he had not come to destroy the law, but to 
fulfil it, that is, to accomplish that which the 
law had failed to do— the redemption of fallen 
man. And yet, the teachings they heard seemed 
to upset all their notions of righteousness. The 
trouble was they had been measuring righteous- 
ness from a human standpoint. They were not 
yet partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). 
and the same trouble exists to-day, even among 
some nominal Christians. He showed them the 
blessedness of humility, of sorrow, of meekness. 

of desire for righteousness, o f mer cy. The spir it 

of the law was justice, but Christ preached mercy. 

But their astonishment reached the climax 
when they heard him say, “Love your enemies.” 
What? Did not the law say, "An eye for an eye, 
and a tooth for a tooth”? Yes. “But I say unto 
you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall 
smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him tin* 
other also. And if any man will sue thee at the 
law and take away thy coat, let him have thy 
cloke also. And whosoever will compel thee to 
go a mile, go with him twain." 


Ah! there is the trouble, that second mile! 
That it is that tests our Christianity. If we are 
compelled to do a thing we do it perhaps, and 
then pride ourselves on our Christian frame -if 
mind — but go no further. We do what our human 
nature tells us to do; what anybody will do — 
that is, we go the first mile. But the uncalled-for 
holiness, the unusual amount of duty, the absolute 
consecration that Jesus came to show us the 
beauty of attaining, we miss. 

•‘Love your enemies" is the second mile. Any 
one can love friends or admirable persons. Don’t 
return good for evil, simply “to show the differ- 
ence between you,” but let us have that^ high, 
self-forgetting Christian love that Christ would 
have us show — that he exemplified when in the 
hour of agony he could say, “Father, forgive 
them.” 

Again, are you a merchant? Then “go the 
second mile” by giving full measure for the 
money received and then a little more. Be satis- 
fied with legitimate, reasonable profit 

Are you an employer? If your workman earns 
you a fair margin of profit, don’t be slow in ac- 
cording him recognition — both in praise and 
wages. “The laborer is worthy of his hire.” 

Are you an employee? Remember the second 
mile. Don’t be afraid you are going to do a little 
more than your contract calls for. Don’t con- 
tinually watch the foreman and the clock. “Not 
with eye service as men pleasers, but as servants 
or Christ” (Eph. 6:6). 

It is the second mile that throws us on God 
for help, because it is beyond our powers of good- 
ness. That is just why Jesus commanded it. 
On the first mile the soul could save itself; on 
the second mile God’s strength has to be made 
perfect in our weakness. 

“Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord 
and in the power of his might. Put on the whole 
armor of God that ye may be able to stand against 
the wiles of the devil" (Eph. 6:W). 

Elkhart, Ind. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

PREY AND PRAYING. 

In Jas. 5:16 the apostle admonishes us to pray 
one for another, etc. But is it not often the case 
in our day and age of the world that instead of 
praying for one another as we are commanded, 
a good many people are making a prey of one 
another. Is not this a sad condition of things 
among those who profess to be the followers of 
Jesus? J- B. B. 

A MISSIONARY INCIDENT. 

A missionary party was traveling in the wilds 
of Basutoland in South Africa: water was ex 
tremely scarce, and often much time was spent 
in seeking it when friendly natives were not at 
hand to say where it was to be found. At this 
time the natives were hostile. Night was coming 
on, the road was a mere track, and the native 
servants said, "We must push on; there is no 
water for us or for the beasts." The missionary 
lifted his heart to God and said, "No; we will 
camp here for the night. God cannot will that 
poor, wearied beasts should lose their remaining 
strength in seeking water; he knows where it is. 

So he and his wife rested for a moment and 
prayed, placing their case in God’s hands. They 
then heard a cry, "The asses are lost; they have 
run away!’ The missionary and his wife put 
this difficulty into the hands of God, and after 
pursuing for some time, they saw the asses run- 
ning on ahead, and in an instant said. “God is 
showing us where water is.” And so it proved. 

A beautiful, abundant fountain of water was 
springing up from under a rock, and there the 
Lord had led the weary beasts, and shown his 
trusting servants how it answers to put their - 
trust in God. — [Sel.l 



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January 30, 


TIDINGS from the CHU AT HIE AND ABROAD 


FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

India. — American Mennonite Mission, Dhamtari, 
C. P.. India. Stations: SundarganJ, Rudrt, 

Leper Asylum, Balodgahan. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 

HOME MIS8IONS. 

Chicago. — Home Mission, 145 W. 18th Street, Chi- 
cago, 111. A. H. Leaman, Supt. 

Chicago. — Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 
Ave. and 26th Street, Chicago. 111. 

Chicago. — Hoyne Avenue Mission, Cor. 33d Street 
and Hoyne Avenue. 

Toronto, Canada. — Home Mission, 461 King Street, 
E. Toronto. Samuel Honderich, Supt. 

Welsh Mountain.— Welsh Mountain Industrial Mis- 
sion, New Holland, Pa., R. F. D. No. 4. Noah 
. H. Mack, Supt. . , 

Philadelphia. — Mennonite Home Mission, Cor. Am- 
ber and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Ft. Wayne.— 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft. Wayne, Ind. 
J. M. Hartzler, Supt. 

Lancaster.— 462 Rockland Street, Lancaster, Pa. 
Canton. — Mission Home, 1934 East Eighth Street. 

Canton, Ohio. P. R. Lantz, Supt. 

Kansas City.— 200 S. Seventh St., Kansas City, 
Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. 

BENEVOLENT AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS. 
Orphans’ Home.— West Liberty, Ohio. A. Metzler, 

Old People’s Home.— Marshallville, Ohio, R. F. D. 
J. D. Mininger, Supt. 

Old People’s Home. — Oreville, Pa. A. K. Diener, 
Supt. 

La Junta Sanitarium. — La Junta, Colo. D. B. 
Weaver, Supt. 


The three congregations of the brotherhood in 
Missouri, Cherry Box, Palmyra and Pea Ridge, 
are making efforts to establish a quarterly Sun- 
day School Meeting. This is a step in the right 
direction and we hope the efforts made will be 
successful to the building up of the cause. In 
union there is strength. 

• • • 

Mylo, North Dakota, Jan. 20, 1908. — Last July 
I was in Elkhart and hoped to see you there, but 
you were not at home. I bought during last year 
about J80.00 worth of books from the Mennonite 
Publishing Co. I have read the Rundschau since 
it was established and remember also of having 
seen the ‘‘Nebraska Ansiedler,” although at that 
time I was not yet ten years old. I am a son of 
John E. Bontrager, formerly of Middlebury, lnd. 
We have here an Amish congregation of not less 
than thirty families. In the month of October 
we chose a minister for our congregation through 
the voice of the church and the lot. Bro. Jacob 
Graber was chosen to the important office and 
ordained. We have now again three ministers 
and one deacon in our congregation at this place. 

E. J. B. 

• • • 

Plainview, Texas, Jan. 20, 1908.— Dear Brethren 
and Sisters: — Greeting. We like our new home 
well. There are now about twenty members lo- 
cated here and more expected soon. We now 
have a schoolhouse built and have Sunday school 
and church services every Sunday. The Menno- 
nite doctrine is a novelty here in Texas. Will 
you pray for us that we may be the means of 
doing much good in this part of God’s moral 
vineyard? Your brother in Christ, 

ANDREW BRENNEMAN. 

• • • 

Nampa, Idaho, Jan. 14, 1908.— Dear Brethren: — 
Greeting. The Lord is surely blessing us with 
good health at the present time, and we are hav- 
ing very beautiful winter weather. Some of our 
people are moving to California this fall and win- 
ter, but others again are coming in from other 
places. Mav God’s blessing be with you. 

J. N. H. 

• * • 

From La Junta, Colorado.— This country seems 
to be settling up with the Mennonite people quite 
rapidly, and will no doubt make a well-established 
center for our people to establish th*ir homeB, 


as well as a working center for the church. It 
is said there are now twenty-eight families al- 
ready residing in the valley and more contemplat- 
ing settling there in the near future. Farming 
promises to be a prosperous business there, if 
reports are correct. A meeting-house was built 
there last year and many are waiting for the 
completion of the sanitarium now under way that 
they may enjoy the advantages it will afford in 

restoring and preserving bodily health. 

• * * 

McVeytown, Pa., Jan. 19, 1908.— Pre. Jos. H. 
Bigler of Belleville, Pa., accompanied by Enoch A. 
Zook, was with us to-day and preached a very 
interesting sermon on the need and also the duty 
of Christians to be filled with the Spirit. Text, 

Eph. 5:18. May the thoughts presented inspire 
us to search more after the Spirit and may he 
manifest himself in our lives, so that he will 
send his rays out into the dark alleys of sin and 
vice and turn others from the darkness to the 
glorious light of the gospel of Christ. COR. 

* * * 

Elizabethtown, Pa., Jan. 20, 1908. — A series of 
meetings, conducted by Bro. I. B. Good, is being 
held here at present. Thus far there have been 
three confessions. The interest in our Sunday 
school, which has recently been reorganized, is in- 
creasing, for which we feel very grateful. 

M. S. 

* * * 

From Logan Co., Ohio. — On Sunday, Jan. 19, 
and on Sunday evening, Pre. A. W. Hershberger 
of Sugar Creek, Ohio, preached at the Walnut 
Grove M. H. to a large audience. Both sermons 
were "edifying and many good thoughts were pre- 
sented. The Lord bless the brother as he goes 
from place to place proclaiming the Word. Come 
again. Bro. Hershberger also preacned at the 
South Union M. H. on Monday evening, Jan. 20. 

COR. 

* * * 

Canton, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1908.— Dear Brethren: — 
Greeting in His name. Enclosed find a testimony 
of one of the recent converts of this place (in 
his own words). You may publish it if you 
desire. 

We are enjoying many blessings from the hand 
of God. Bro. E.‘ M. Detweiler began a series of 
meetings on the 12th inst. Thus far eight have 
made the good confession. Others are counting 

the cost. Br o. I. B. Witmer is also here, assisting 

in the song service. On the 5th inst. Bro. I. J. 
Buchwalter was with us and baptized seven 
souls. Bro. I. J. Barge came to assist in the 
work here. May we all work together in the 
spreading of the gospel that souls may be born 

into the kingdom. Yours for Him, 

P. R. LANTZ. 

* * * 

Dalton, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1908.— Beloved in the 
Ix>rd: — Greeting in his worthy name. First I 
wish you all a happy New Year and a prosperous 
journey to the New Jerusalem. A few lines 
especially to my home churches, also to the 
brethren, sisters and friends at Scottdale, Pa., 
North Lima, Columbiana and Leetonia: I wish 
to say that circumstances did not permit me to 
write as soon as I had promised. I beg or you 
all for pardon and thank you for the kind hos- 
pitality shown toward me throughout my travels. 

The Bible conference at North Lima was the 
first I attended and it was altogether a very 
interesting meeting. The ordinances and com- 
mands were explained so as to be easily under- 
stood. “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power 
resisteth the ordinance of God" (Rom. 13:2). 
We are responsible. Let us all come closer t6- 
gether in the unity of faith as believers in one 
body. “Having the same love, being of one ac- 
cord, of on* mind.” 


We have heard of the dispensation of the grace 
of God which “is now revealed unto his holy 
apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the 

Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same 
body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by 
the gospel,” “which is his body, the fulness of 
Him that filleth all in all.” For further strength- 
ening read Eph. 1:3-23. 

This leaves me well and happy in the work. 

God be with us all. Until further notice my 

address will be Dalton, Ohio, care of I. J. Buch- 
walter. Your unworthy servant, 

LIZZIE M. WENGER. 

* * * 

Shiremanstown, Pa., Jan. 18, 1908. — Greeting to 
the readers of the Herald of Truth. We have 
been greatly favored by having the Word ex- 
pounded unto us the past two weeks. We rejoice 
for the privilege of extending the great invitation 
to the unsaved and for the strengthening Qf the 
membership. Bro. David Moseman was the faith- 
ful messenger in putting forth special efforts, 
beginning Jan. 5 and closing on the 16th. During 
the time we held two days’ Bible reading, on the 
13th and 14th, on which occasions we were 
taught plainly on the following subjects: The 
Word, the Resurrection, Repentance, Obedience, 
Righteousness, Man Redeemed, Missions, Chris- 
tian Fellowship. 

The brethren David Moseman, W. W. Hege and 
Noah H. Mack assisted in the work. 

May we realize our responsibility, having the 
Word revealed to us so plainly, and may we 
strive more nobly for the truth, and be a wit- 
nessing flock for Him. May we realize a puriflea 
tion of the Spirit. “Thou wilt shew me the path 
of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy 
right hand there are pleasures forever more” 
(Psa. 16:11). MINNIE A. RUPP. 

* * * 

The Alexanderwohl congregation near Goessel, 
Kan., has a membership of 884. It is the largest 
congregation of the Mennonite General Confer- 
ence of North America.— [The Mennonite.] 

Our readers will remember that the bishop of 
this congregation, Bro. Peter Balzer, was sud- 
denly called to his reward by death a short time 
ago, as noticed in these columns. This was the 
congregation that came from Russia in 1875 in 
charge of Bish. Jacob Buller, and we remember 
well one day on our return from a funeral at 
four o’clock in the afternoon we found a tele- 
gram on our desk, which read, “Buller with 800 
souls will arrive in Elkhart at six o’clock.” It 
was a large company to take care of at such 
short notice; but the Lord, as always, opened a 
way, and we took care of the people and enjoyed 
a pleasant visit with Bro. Buller and his com- 
panion and many others while they stayed In 
Elkhart. 

* * * 

Peabody, Kan., Jan. 20, 1908. — Dear Herald 
Readers: — Greeting in a loving Savior’s name. 
We feel to praise the Lord for his goodness and 
for his wonderful works to the children of men. 
On the evening of Dec. 31, 1907, our dear young 
brother, Aaron Good of Sterling, 111., met with us 
at our prayer meeting in Peabody and we had a 
very interesting meeting. On New Year’s even- 
ing we then began a series of meetings at our 
M. H., five miles northwest of Peabody. We had 
very good meetings. Bro. Good stayed with us 
over two Sundays, preaching fourteen soul-stir- 
ring sermons, and our little flock is greatly en- 
couraged. Six made the good confession. There 
were others who were under conviction, but were 
not willing to step out on the promises of God 
and take their cross upon them. Our prayer is 
that the Holy Spirit will not cease striving with 
them, but will bring them to the feet of Jesus. 

L. L. BECK. 

Germany exports more than three billion lead- 
pencils every twelve months. They are shipped 
to foreign countries at the rate of over ten 
million a day, counting six days to the week. 





1906. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

REPORT 

Of Bible Normal Held at Hopewell Mennonite 
M. H. near Hubbard, Ore., Nov. 19-23, 1907. 


The organization on Monday evening, Nov. 18, 
was as follows: Moderator, J. D. Mishler; secre- 
taries, J. M. Mishler and H. W.; treasurer, E. S. 
Miller; chorister, Fanny Schrag and RubyHayner. 

Tuesday Morning. — Devotional erercises by B. 

B. King reading Isa. 1:2-20 and prayer. 

1. Subject, “Faith,” by J. P. Bontrager. Defini- 
tion of faith, Heb. 11:1. We should have a living 
faith, taking God at his word and believing him. 
Through faith and obedience to his word we re- 
ceive remission of our sins. Through faith we 
have access to God and receive the gift of the 
Holy Ghost. True faith produces joy and con- 
fidence. We should be sincere, abound, continue, 
be strong, stand fast and settled in the faith. Let 
us examine ourselves and see if we are in the 
faith once delivered to the saints. 

2. "Repentance,” by B. B. King. True re- 
pentance is a godly sorrow for sin. We must 
hear and believe the word of God before we can 
have repentance. True repentance moves people 
to make restitution. Repentance is necessary 
unto salvation (Luke 13:3). It is Gods desire 
that all men should be saved. There are several 
kinds of repentance. Carnal repentance is not 
a godly repentance, but a sorrow that the world 
has found them out. Transient repentance is one 
which is only in time of distress. Hypocritical 
repentance is depending too much on ourselves 
and not on God. Evangelical repentance is true 
repentance (Acts 2:3). We should hate sin and 
keep ourselves as far away from it as possible. 

Forenoon session closed with prayer by J. P. 
Bontrager. 

Tuesday Afternoon. — Devotional exercises by 
Bro. Samuel Graybill. 

' 3. “Justification,” by J. P. Bontrager. Justi- 
fication means to live a life free from all sin. All 
who truly believe in the Lord Jesus are justified. 
“He that believeth in me hath everlasting life." 
We cannot be justified without keeping all the 
commandments. 

4. "Sanctification,” by B. B. King. Sanctifica- 
tion means a separation or setting apart for God. 
In sanctification God has a great part to do. 
Man’s part is that his life may become pure be- 
fore God. Sanctification is an instantaneous work. 
It is done the minute we resign our lives to God, 
and it is also a progressive work, as .God wants 
us to continue in grace. 

Wednesday Morning. — Devotional exercises by 
J. P. Bontrager. 

5. “Baptism,” by B. B. King. Four kinds of 
baptism: Water. Spirit, fire, and suffering. Water 
baptism is a sign that we are separated from the 
world. We are baptized by the Spirit into the 
invisible body of Christ. By water baptism we 
are initiated into the visible church, and it is 
a symbol of the baptism of the Spirit. Hence 
we see pouring is the mode of water baptism, 
since God said, “I will pour out my Spirit upon 
all flesh.” 

6. “Obedience,” by J. P. Bontrager. Obedience 
means submission or walking in all the ways 
commanded by God. To obey is better than sac- 
rifice. The first commandment with promise is 
to obey our parents in the Lord. 

Wednesday Afternoon.— Devotional exercises by 
D. Roth. 

7. “Christian Church,” by B. B. King. Christ 
is the chief comer stone or head of the church. 
Only true believers can enter the spiritual church. 
The church on earth should be bound together 
by love and should guard against all worldliness 
and false teachings. The minister should feed 
the flock with the true and unadulterated word of 
God. 

8. “Christian Graces," by J. P- Bontrager. 
There, are several of these, namely love, joy. 
peace, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, long- 
suffering, and temperance. Love is the basis of 
true religion. Christian fellowship should create 



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great joy. We should- have peace with God, in 
the home, in the church, in society, and business. 

Thursday Morning. — Devotional exercises by A. 

J. Miller. 

9. "Holy Spirit," by B. B. King. The Holy 
Spirit will lead and guide us into all truth. We 
should use great caution and not take great noise 
and confusion for the Holy Spirit. The Father 
promised the Holy Spirit unto all who believe. 

10. “Prayer,” by J. P. Bontrager. Prayer is 
the connecting link which holds us in communion 
with our God. He wants us to come in an humble 
attitude and ask and make known our wants and 
he will answer with that which is best for our 
good. God’s children should pray for the minis- 
ters that God may endue them with the Holy 
Spirit so they may rightly divide the word of God. 

Thursday Afternoon. — Devotional exercises by 
J. P. Bontrager. 

11. “Holy Spirit,” by B. B. King. The Holy- 
Spirit caused a great awakening in the early 
church. Where the Holy Spirit is there will be 
a great work done. All missionaries and Chris- 
tian workers should be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

12. “Non-Conformity.” by J. P. Bontrager. The 
Christian church should keep itself unspotted 
from the things of the world. We should not 
conform to the world in covetousness and licen- 
tiousness (Col. 3:5; Eph. 5:5). Fashionable attire 
is contrary to Rom. 12:2. It is not plain clothing 
that makes the Christian, but a Christian win 
have plain clothing. 

Friday Morning.— 13. “Non-Resistance,” by J. 
P. Bontrager. In old times it was “eye for eye. 
or tooth for tooth,” but true Christianity, since 
Christ came into the world, is "love them that 
hate you and do good to them that persecute 
you.” The apostolic church was a non-resistant 
church. 

14. “Humility,” by B. B. King. It is necessary- 
in the service of God that we have humility (Jus. 
4:10). Christ was an example of humility (Phil. 
2:7). We should take upon ourselves the same 
spirit that was exemplified in the life of Chris' 

Friday Afternoon. — Devotional exercises by Bro. 
Wm. Miller. 

15. “Communion,” by J. P. Bontrager. Com- 
munion is the next in importance of ordinances 
after baptism. The passover was a communion 
for God s people in the time of the prophets, but 
Christ instituted the Lord’s supper or communion 
The passover was a full meal in memory of the 
flight out of Egypt, while the Lord’s supper was 
only a part of a meal in memory of the death 
and suffering of our Savior. The partaker of 
communion should be in harmony with God and 
the body of believers with whom he or she ex- 
pects to partake. 

16. “Feet-Washing,” by B. B. King. Feet- 
washing is an ordinance instituted by ChrlBt as 
recorded in John 13:1-17. It was recorded in 
nearly all the rules 01 discipline of the early 
churches as an ordinance, but has become un- 
popular and been discarded. It was not an old 
custom of old Bible times, because Peter did 
not know anything about it It was not like the 
feet-washing of the Old Testament times for the 
cleansing of the feet, but is for a sign of humility 
and brotherhood of the saints. 

Saturday Forenoon.— Devotional exercises by B. 

p King 

17. “Devotional Covering,” by B. B. King. This 
is an ordinance of the Lord and is for a sign 
showing the relation between men and women in 
the Lord. There are two coverings spoken of in 
1 Cor. 11. The one a natural covering, which 'S 
the hair; the other the spiritual, which is the de- 
votional covering. It should he worn when pray- 
ing or speaking words of comfort. 

18. "Church Government." by J. P. Bontrager. 
The church was divinely instituted, should be an 
organized hotly and have proper officials. The 
bishop or elder should have the oversight of the 
church, not as being lords over God's heritage, 
but as ensamples. The authority is not in the 
bishop or a few. but the whole congregation 
should counsel together in the spirit of love. 


Saturday Afternoon. — 19. “Secret Societies.” 
To enter a secret society we would have to dis- 
obey the command of our Savior (Matt. 5:33-37) 
by taking an oath and by being unequally yoked 
with unbelievers (Eph. 5:1-12). Secrecy saps the 
spiritual life out of the church. 

20. “Matrimony,” by J. P. Bontrager. Mar 
riage is a solemn covenant between one man and 
one woman, as long as they both shall live. Mar- 
riage was designed by God for the happiness of 
mankind and was first instituted in the garden 
of Eden. Next to regeneration, this is the mosf 
important step. Take the matter of choosing a 
companion to the Ixtrd in prayer. 

A few remarks were made by the moderator 
admonishing us all to take heed to the teaching 
which we have just had. A collection amounting 
to $36.70 was taken for evangelistic and mission 
purposes. The meeting closed with prayer by J 
P Bontrager. THE SECRETARIES. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

AN OLD CHURCH DISCIPLINE ON THE USE 
OF TOBACCO. 


By John Horsch. 


The oldest church discipline of the Swiss Breth- 
ren (the Mennonites of Switzerland and South 
Germany) of which we have any knowledge, is 
the Abrede und Verordnungi der Diener und 
Aeltesten in der Versammlung zu Strassburg in 
den Jahren 1568 und 1607 (Agreement and In- 
struction of the Ministers and Elders at the Con- 
ference in Strassburg in the years 1568 and 
1607). The eminently important and valuable 
document contains in twenty-five articles the 
rules of discipline and order of the church of 
over three centuries ago, i. e. several generations 
before the unfortunate division into Mennonite 
and Amish. A copy of it is known to be pre- 
served in Switzerland. The complete text has 
never been published. It is hoped that the 

efforts put forth to obtain an unabridged copy or 
the document will be successful. 

It is interesting to notice the attitude of the 
church of that age to the use of tobacco. In the 
twenty-fourth article smoking is forbidden. When 
a brother thinks it necessary to use tobacco as 
a medicine he may do so in his own private 
apartments, but not in public places. Smoking 
tobacco in public is declared to give a bad exam- 
ple. It should be added that for some time after 
the Introduction of tobacco in Europe smoking 
seems to have been the only way in which it was 
used. 

In all probability old documents of similar im- 
port are preserved in the older settlements of 
our people in America. Any one knowing of 
manuscripts, such as rules of order, letters per- 
taining to affairs of the church, etc., would oblige 
me much by communicating with me. giving titles 
of the documents. 

Birmingham, Ohio. 


THE SPRINGING FIG TREE. 


God has given three lovely compressed pictures 
of Israel's history between advent and advent: 

1. The fig tree withered. Jesus “came to (the 
fig tree) and found nothing thereon, but leaves 
only: and he saith unto it, Let there be no fruit 
from thee henceforward for ever. And immedi- 
ately the fig tree withered away" (Matt. 2t:19). 

2. The fig tree broken. “A nation come up 
upon my land, strong and without numbers. » * * 
He hath laid my vine waste, and barked (or 
broken) my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, 
and cast it away" (Joel 1:6). 

3 . The fig tree springing. “When her branch 
is now become tender, and putteth forth its 
leaves, ye know that * * * He is nigh, even at 
the doors" (Matt. 24:32). 

Withered, because fruitless: broken, because 

judged; springing, because penitent — that is Is- 
rael's history for two thousand years. ITrnsting 
and Tolling.] 



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January 30, 



YOUNG PEOPLE’S BIBLE- M EETI NG PACE 

TOPIC: THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE. Matt. 5 : 4348; 2 Cor. 10 : 3-6. February 9, ’08 


THE LESSON MOTTO. 

The greatest weapon is love. Lord, help me to 
use that weapon daily for thy cause and for thy 
name’s sake. 

DAILY READINGS. 

February, 1908. 

3. M. — The Christian's armor. Eph. 6:10-18. 

4. T. — Our enemy. Eph. 6:12; Luke 22:52, 53. 

5. W. — Rather suffer than sin. Matt. 5:10-12. 

(!. T. — Christ's method of fighting. Matt. 4:1-11; 

Matt. 23:13-36. 

7. F. — Aggressive warfare. Matt. 28:19, 20. 

8. s. — The true soldier's reward. 2 Tim. 4:6-8. 

9. S. — The Weapons of our Warfare. Matt. 5: 

43-48; 2 Cor. 10:3-6. 

A SOLDIER'S PRAYER. 

Lord Jesus, thou hast honored me above all 
my deserts in calling me into the ranks of which 
thou thyself art Captain, for with thee every bat- 
tle is a victory. Help me, Lord, to stand firmly, 
to strike boldly for thee, to face the foe un- 
falteringly, to resist the devil and all his wiles 
without flinching, to speak and witness for thee 
with lip and life, knowing that by faithful service 
I shall be more than conqueror through thee 
who hast loved me, for I shall be an heir of 
heaven and co-heir with thee in glory. Hear and 
help me for thine own name’s sake. Amen. 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE. 

Warfare has always had a strange fascination 
for the youthful mind and nature. It is so in the 
whole animal kingdom and therefore not absent 
in man. The spirit of conquest burns in the 
breast of every young man. The primary or 
fundamental impulse comes from certain mental 
and physical conditions or faculties, and these 
faculties have been implanted by God. "What?” 
says some one, “do you mean to say that God 
wants us to use these faculties, these feelings and 
inclinations in an actual, active, aggressive way to 
the conquest of others?” Certainly, BUT accord- 
ing to God’s way. When God made man with all 
these faculties he called his work very good, and 
he gave him command to “subdue” the earth. 
Tell me how subjugation is accomplished? The 
brute beast fights with brute force. But we are 
not to be like the brute beast. Listen, God has 
bestowed t heso faculties that, when sanctified and 
consecrated and concentrated for purposes In 
accordance with his divine will and way, we may 
win the world for Christ. In this field of war- 
fare all the aggressive faculties God has given 
us come into active use. Appetite is not a sin, 
but the perversion of it to satisfy the lusts of 
the carnal man is sin. Strength is not a sin, but 
if used to injure others it is sin. The propensity 
to aggressiveness or the mastery of men and 
things is not a sin in itself, but when it is used 
to follow the dictates of the carnal mind or of 
any unholy ambitions whatever, then all these 
things become sin. The clear statements of the 
apostle James on the use and abuse of the tongue 
shed much light on this subject. Whether the 
weapons God has placed into our hands shall be 
a curse or a blessing depends entirely upon what 
motive impels them to action. The same hand 
can raise up or strike down and the more power 
it has to lift the more power it has to strike. Or 
it can strike a blow at Satan’s works or at God’s. 
What a magnificent array even a small church 
could present ir all the forces God has given 
were marshalled shoulder to shoulder, moving 
forward at God’s command! That is the kind 
of resistance from which the devil will flee every „ 
time, and his strongholds will be pulled down. 
God grant us all grace to marshall our forces to 
a man for the conquest of the world for ChriBt! 


BIBLE HINTS. 

Matt. 5:43, 44. The Old Testament religion ap- 
pealed more to the material or was so understood. 
The Jews had enemies. Christianity has but one 
enemy — sin and its results which are death. 
Jesus came to bring life and love. We fight not 
with swords and guns the Midianites and Gentile 
nations around us, but we love them enough to 
labor for their salvation. They may be our worst 
enemies, but we are their best friends and yearn 
to do them good, even though they do us harm. 
That is Christianity. Have we that in our 
hearts? Our desire is not to strike them down, 
but to save them from that power which is hold- 
ing them down, no matter how they or the spirit 
that is in them may resist our efforts. 

Matt. 5:45. None but God’s children take God’s 
way. God is good to all, and he wants us to be 
like him. He loved, he gave (John 3:16). How 
much do we love and give? Men curse God, abuse 
his gifts, make spert of his mercies, despise his 
plans, and yet he blesses them with sunshine and 
rain. That is divine love. That is the love we 
need to follow his example. 

Matt. 5:46, 47. It is against carnal nature to 
love unlovely people and things. But of divine 
love it is said that “while we were yet sinners, 
Christ died for us.” 

Matt. 5:48. No power or quality in heaven or 
earth is calculated to perfect a man like the love 
of God in the heart, it brings into play all the 
faculties and develops them to the highest degree 
possible, it refines, purifies, elevates, beautifies, 
enlivens, broadens, deepens, strengthens, and in 
every way perfects the character as nothing else 
can do. 

“More love to thee, O Christ, 

More love to thee!” 

2 Cor. 10:3. Paul here speaks against the false 
teachings and teachers who opposed him at 
Corinth. He did not, like those who professed 
to be his followers, and fellow-believers centuries 
afterward and even to-day, try to overcome them 
with the sword and the spear,, but by faithful 
preaching, disinterested labors, patient sufferings, 
a holy life and fervent prayers he sought to 
change his enemies into friends to himself and 
his divine Master, and he prevailed even against 
his disguised enemies,- of —which Elymas is a 
sample. Of all opponents the kind tnat Elymas 
represents are the most trying. But even for such 
we must labor and pray that we may if possible, 
overcome them by the power of love. Corinth 
was the hotbed of false apostles, false friends; 
one of Paul’s chief perils was from false breth- 
ren. It is the same to-day. False brethren, by 
being in the inner circle, are in a position to 
accomplish more mischief than any others out- 
side the pale of the church. They undermine, 
they besmirch reputation, sneer at honest effort, 
hold a man’s work up to ridicule, all in a covert 
way, but pretend to be brethren. Such weapons 
as are used in such work are the devil’s own 
choice means for the overthrow of Christianity. 
Yet even for these all possible efforts must be 
made, and if they will not come after faithful 
admonitions and warnings, they must simply be 
left In the hands of a just God. The gospel min- 
istry is a warfare, not after the flesh, but spiritual, 
with spiritual enemies and for spiritual purposes. 
The doctrines of the gospel and the discipline of 
the church are the weapons of this warfare, and 
these are not carnal. Outward force is not the 
method of the gospel, but strong persuasion, by 
the power of truth and impelled by love and the 
meekness of wisdom. People cannot be made 
Christians by force of arms. If they will not 
come, God will deal with them. He has reserved 


vengeance for himself and has not delegated it to 
any man or body of men. 

What weapon is mightier than truth when pre- 
sented in the spirit of love? Truth and love are 
always arrayed on the side of God and right, 
hence hatred and deception are the strongest 
weapons of the enemy. And what wonderful 
things he accomplishes with these weapons! Yet 
truth and love accomplish greater and grander 
things, and God’s cause will triumph in the end. 

ILLUSTRATIONS. 

The parable of the good Samaritan is an ex- 
cellent illustration of how we should treat our 
enemies. So is Christ’s example when he was 
tried, condemned and crucified. He won more 
than he could have won by carnal resistance. The 
history of the non-resistant believers is a history 
of patient suffering, but it is also the history of 
liberty of conscience and speech. The giving of 
food and water has in its figurative sense won 
greater conquests than the sword. The plow- 
share and the pruning-hook have brought greater 
wealth than the sword and the spear. The arts 
of peace have achieved more glorious triumphs 
than the art of war. The Golden Rule has made 
mere bonds of unity than the strongest armies. 
No, the weapons of Christian warfare are never 
carnal. Carnal warfare is not Christian warfare, 
and therefore not for the Christian. God has bet- 
ter means for the advancement of his kingdom. 
The child of God will not disgrace himself or 
his Lord by using the devil’s tools. 

Weapons that are Mighty through God. — An 
illustration used some time ago in this depart- 
ment suits the present case beautifully and we 
use it again: A young lady, a daughter of a coun- 
try gentleman, whose family loved dissipation, 
was greatly changed through the preaching of 
Pre. J. Scott. She no longer took part in the gay 
and frivolous parties, which angered her father 
so that he determined to shoot the minister, who 
however was providentially warned and escaped. 
Then the irtite father challenged him to a duel. 
Mr. Scott might have availed himself of the law, 
but he took another method. He went to his 
enemy’s house and after being introduced to him, 
said, “Sir, I hear you have designed to shoot me — 
by which you would have become guilty of mur- 
der. Failing in this you sent me a challenge, and 
what a coward you must be, sir, to wish to engage 
with a blind man! (Mr. Scott was very near- 
sighted.) As you have given me a challenge, I 
have the right to choose the weapon, the time and 
the place. I therefore appoint the present mo- 
ment, the place where we now are, and the sword 
for the weapon to which I am most accustomed.” 
The man was greatly terrified. “And now, sir." 
said- Mr. Scott, “this is my sword,” producing a 
pocket Bible, “it is the only weapon I wish to 
engage with.” “Never was a sinner more de- 
lighted to see a Bible,” said Mr. Scott afterward 
to a friend. The faithful minister reasoned with 
him and the result was that the gentleman took 
him by the hand, begged his pardon, expressed 
his sorrow for his conduct, and bccain© a very 
different man. The mighty weapon of God’s word 
as taught and exemplified by a faithful Christian 
vanquished the enemy — hatred— and made friends. 

SUBJECTS FOR TALKS OR ESSAYS. 

1. How William Penn conquered the Indians. 

2. What the arts of peace and good will have 
produced. 

3. Some of the results of war. 

4. What is evangelical non-resistance? 





HERALD OF TRUTH. 


Young People’s Department 

For the Herald of Truth. 

SEEING AND KNOWING. 


By A. B. Kolb. 

The world contains too few individuals who 
reserve their judgment until they have acquired 
enough knowledge on a matter to express their 
ideas comprehensively or impartially. There is 
too much judgment of a man by the coat he hap- 
pens to wear. The result is that the world is full 
of prejudices, of regrets, of wrong opinions, ol' 
“snap judgment,” and all the evil results that 
spring therefrom. Sometimes, however, the un- 
wise, unripe judgment one hears is not more 
serious than to» evoke a smile from those who 
know better, and the verdant subject only makes 
himself ridiculous. An Englishman some years 
ago proposed to write a book on America and its 
people. He was not going to rely upon books for 
his information, but proposed to speak from 
knowledge gained by personal observation. So 
he came over here. Landing in New York he 
spent a few hours gathering material for his 
great book. Then taking a New York Central 
train he went to Albany, Buffalo, and on via 
Cleveland to Chicago and after he had seen the 
stock yards he went on to Kansas City and St. 
Louis to learn all about the West, thence to Cin- 
cinnati and Atlanta to learn all about the South, 
and back to Philadelphia and New York, and in 
ten days he had seen the whole coimtry and its 
people, learned their customs, their business 
methods, knew all about the financial, social, 
political, and religious condition, and he was fully 
prepared to write a great book. Was he? He 
had seen America from a car window, and the 
book was a car-window affair. 

A young man who thought he could write 
poetry wrote a book of — — well, we will call 
his writings poems. A critic to whom a “com- 
plimentary” was sent, in trying to say something 
not too unkind nor untrue, said the book was 
"unique!” And it was. The boy did not know 
enough to write the most prosy prose, but his 
effort at poetry was so “unique” that it was 
interesting, and it was this feature that sold many 
copies. The poor young man was misled into the 
belief that the book had real merit. When as a 
matter of fact the buyers wanted it because it 
was a rare literary freak. 

Not long ago a young man — a Mennonite — of 
Petrovka, Russia, returned from a tour of this 
country to his beautiful home in his beloved home- 
land. In an account of his imp he had much to 
say, but not much in favor of\America. He had 
no thought of making this his ^ome after having 
seen all this country and its conditions — from a 
ear window, so to speak. He — and others with 
him — ridicule the statements of Americans that 
conditions in Russia are in an awful state. His 
correspondent says, “Sober-minded people sell 
their possessions here (in Russia), go to America, 
Investigate, and return. Free from the slavish 
yoke here they go to ‘the land of the free, and 
after spending a year or more there and enjoying 
real American liberty, they return to ‘bloody Rus- 
sia’.” From the statements of those who have 
returned to Russia the correspondent is convinced 
that even in America all is not gold that glitters. 
He says, “In recent years many have emigrated 
from our midst, and how many of .them have 
buried their fond hopes there! The same enemy, 
the same misery— sin— is there also, and the 
same result of sin — hard lalior is evident. I 
want to tell the reader something about America 
as I have gathered it in the past from eye- 
witnesses of the facts here related. Of the smooth 
swindling and sharp dealing that prevail in the 
land of freedom I shall not speak, nor of the 
•green’ ones \vho are fleeced upon their arrival, 
nor of the brighter side of things there, for it is 
claimed by a few that there is a bright side even 


there. I wish only to present to your view a few 
pictures. 

"You visit a farm. Out in the yard or in the 
field you meet an old farmer streaming with per- 
spiration, and his fingers cramped and stiff from 
hard work. He greets you in a friendly way and 
accompanies you to the house. Upon entering 
you see two or three young gentlemen at the 
table reading newspapers. The old man intro- 
duces these same young gentlemen to you as his 
‘sons.’ These shake hands with you, of course, 
meanwhile puffing at lighted cigars and with hats 
on— this being the fashion in high-toned society — 
and then they resume their reading. As you are 
not able to stay long you take your departure 
and visit your old friend from Russia who lives 
nearby. You happen to meet him just as he is 
carrying in two pails of milk from the cow- 
stable. In his joy he spills nearly all the milk 
and embraces you cordially. In the meantime 
three elegant ladies appear on the lawn, dressed 
in the latest fashion and equipped with parasols, 
veils, gloves, etc. You step aside in confusion, 
under the impression that these ladies before you 
must belong to the ‘White House,’ but your old 
friend in his stable clothes informs you that 
these are my three grown-up daughters.’ Well, 
well! But you must go on, for there are many 
old friends from Russia who got along well here, 
but who became dissatisfied with conditions here 
and were lured by American newspapers and who 
knowns what other means, and went to the land 
of freedom. Suddenly you meet three oxen, be- 
hind which follows a sulky plow; on the plow 
sits an old acquaintance, a daughter of rich par- 
ents, who plows alone all day with the oxen. 

I believe this was a punishment meant for Adam, 
not for Eve. But then in America everything is 
‘American.’ that is ‘odd.’ 

“Of the woeful condition of the schools I shall 
not relate anything; conditions in this respect are 
said to be worse even than in Russia, and with 
that you know the whole story. Your friends liv" 
far apart, your limbs ache from walking, the ox- 
cart is too slow, and if you take a train you are 
whizzed at insane speed through the country. 
All at once another train is alongside of yours, 
and then a race is on and you can only pray, 
‘God preserve its,’ and ‘lay not this sin to their 
charge.’ ” 

A brother says, “In America one must have 
much more implicit trust in God than elsewhere. 
You come to a river — twice as broad as our 
Dnieper at Einlage; on top of piles driven into 
the bottom rest the ties to which the rails are 
fastened, but without so much as a railing on 
the side, and the train thunders across. During 
Bro. Siemens’ stay in the country three trains 
filled with people ran off -such bridges into the 
river. One of these trains sank into the sands. 

“Get off and look at the roadbed. Long stretches 
of wholly rotted lies, nowhere a watchman's 
house, and the roadbed covered with weeds. The 
branch lines are especially bad, and of these 
there are, many and long ones, some even 1,000 
miles long, and on this account there are so many, 
so fearfully many accidents. And who murders 
all these people? The American capitalist! There 
everything centers round the mighty dollar. 
Everything is in the hands of capitalists, so that 
there, in free America, far more people are mur- 
dered by the avarice of the rich than are killed 
here in ‘bloody Russia' by the hand of the 
revolution. 

“You are devoutly thankful that you have es 
caped unscathed from the greed of the rich and 
have landed safely in Oklahoma, but you are 
scarcely there when you see the cattle, wildly 
bellowing, run for shelter in the stables, while 
the people, old and young, run for the storm 
cellars which are found alongside of every home, 
and now it comes— you have never seen the like 
—a storm that makes you blind and deaf. ‘Oh,’ 
says the farmer in the morning, ‘that was only 
a slight air pressure!’ You drive fifteen miles 
and see how this ‘slight air pressure' has up- 
rooted strong, large trees, thicker than a man’s 


body, blown down a schoolhouse and torn several 
houses from their foundations. You think, ‘If 
this was only a slight air pressure, then may we * 
be preserved from a heavy one!’ 

“These are simply a few sketches; I might 
relate many more. If you still like the country, 
then go there to live — for there is still -much land 
for sale — and weep with those who weep.” 

This is one of the “strongest” descriptions we 
have ever heard, but one word will explain, or at 
most two. The first is PREJUDICE, the second 
IGNORANCE. These twin sons of the devil com- 
bine to do a tremendous amount of evil in this 
world. Supposing all the evils that the writer 
above quoted speaks of, are true, does it prove 
to us what he tries to make ignorant minds be- 
lieve to be the fact in a general way? Here lies 
the point: Let a person of Influence be prejudiced 
in mind and let him sow his prejudice among 
those over whom he has influence but who do 
not. know facts, and who can compute the amount 
ot injury, injustice and iniquity done? And this 
is done daily, and there are those who read this 
who know that it is done. Time alone corrects 
many errors. Eternity, however, will settle the 
rest. 

ONLY BE FAITHFUL. 

It is true that revelation is according to capac- 
ity. There are those to whom God cannot reveal 
some of the methods of his government. Peter. 
James and John were taken to the mount, but 
eight, others saw no transfiguring glory. Do not 
ask for the vision of the mount. He takes there 
whomsoever he will. The light of transfiguration 
creates new responsibility. The men who saw its 
glory were taken also to the vision of Gethse- 
mane’s sorrow. Let there be no asking for 
visions. When transfiguration, and garden, and 
cross, and resurrection, and ascension hours are 
passed, the Master will not apportion his awards 
according to the number of visions, but according 
to fidelity to the opportunities he creates. Is 
there no vision? Then let there be faithfulness 
without, and after all, this may be the more 
heroic life. The man to whom God grants a 
vision should find it easy thereafter to be heroic. 
To the larger company of apostles and disciples 
no vision comes. They patiently follow “until the 
day break, and the shadows flee away.” Ask for 
no vision, oh, my soul, lest its coming bring also 
testing which God had not intended for thee. 
Take what he gives, and follow in his steps. — 

| From "The Crises of Christ,” by Campbell Mor- 
gan.] 

LIVING WATE R S. 

I have drank with lips unsated 
Where the founts of pleasure burst : 

I have hewn out broken cisterns. 

But they mocked my spirit’s thirst. 

Life to me was cold and dreary. 

Being measureless and dry — 

Cisterns that could bold no water, 

Though I thirst, and faint, and die. 

Then theie spoke a friend and brother — 
“Rise, and roll the stone away: 

There are wells of ‘Living Water' 

In thy pathway every day.” 

But I felt my heart was sinful. 

Very sinful, too, my speech; 

And the wells of God’s salvation 
Were too deep for me to reach. 

Still he answered, "Rise and trust Him! 

-Doubt and idleness are death;, 

Christ hath hewn a goodly cistern. 

Grasp it with the arm of faith." 

So l brought my empty vessel. 

And bent lowly kneeling there: 

I drew up the “Living Water" 

With the golden chain of prayer. 

— [Selected.] 

Mistakes! who does not make them? Show 
us a man who thinks he never does, and we will 
show you the biggest mistake maker of all. 



40 


H E R ALP OF TRUTH 

Thur sday, January 30, 1908. 

J • F ' ^JNKj^d A. B. KOLB, Editor*. 

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ha\ e you into which our ex-communicated can 
enter without confession or reconciliation? Es- 
peciaily three classes of our people can easily 

t . her °' <he ^communicated, the "kickers" 
and the proud. 

This may seem radical to some, but we have 
gSic^r by aCtUaI ° b8ervat,0n * 6 evan- 
We have thus far considered sixteen evils con- 

r ; t m ^ g . th . e ChUrC h h 0th6 ™ might yet be named, 
but we beheve that could these be successfully 

~[t r tbere W ° U,d b ' a victory 

Any one, inclined to look on the dark side of 
everything, will likely feel all the more depressed 
in seeing a portrayal of such existing evils 
I have been wondering, too, whether some un- 
converted soul has read these articles so far If 
so, have you decided not to unite with us on ac 
coum of such evils? Where will you go to avoid 

of In -Sol n n Xt ar : 1Cle We Sha " open the sl| Wect 
of Some Remedies,” in which we hope some 

thoughts may be given that will help us to 
counteract these evils. 

Johnstown, Pa. 


January 30, 


For the Herald of Truth. 

EVILS THREATENING THE CHURCH AND 
HOW TO COUNTERACT THEM. 

By S. G. Shetler. 


13. Lack of Proper Religious Instruction for 
the Young.— A number of our young people are 
m schools for religious instruction. A few months 
ago there were t wenly-three in one school, not 
MiMler the control of the church. What influence 
will be brought to bear on these young men? 

Some other missions have sent some of them 
to their stations, and thus their direct help to the 
church has been lost. In several cases it has 
been noticed, too, that such doctrines as second 
work of grace, divine healing under all conditions 
non-observance of some ordinances, unseripturai 
sphere for women, and such like, have been thor- 
oiighly implanted in the mind. 

14. Improper Use of the Lord’s Day.-Such a 

variety of desecrations can be named that we 
scarcely know which to mention. Here are a few 
that we have noticed with which some of our 
brethren and sisters have been connected : 

Running a creamery on Sunday morning. Haul- 
ing nulk to the train or creamery. Supplying 
customers with milk. Running an electric light 
plant. Store open same as on week days At- 
tending ball games. Sunday excursions. Work- 
ing in factory. Repairing a threshing machine in 
order to start early on Monday morning Con- 
ductor on trolley. 

This list might be continued, but this should b- 
sufficient to cause us to be alarmed. In nearly 
every case the ones talked to concerning the evil 
justified themselves. 

Where will such things end? What constitutes 
Sunday desecration, if the above named do not” 

15. Laxness in Church Government. — The Bibl" 
specifically states that the Holy Spirit makes 
bishops overseers of the flock. 

It is not the purpose of this paragraph to dis 
cuss church government. The writer has met 
several brethren who were ready to discard all 
church government. This number, of course is 
ffliiie small. The number who advocate liberality 
is la rger. A few congregations tried it, a nd have 
uitrrly faded. Great danger lies in continually 
giving way” to 1 he fancies of some of the 
brotherhood. 

16. An Easy-Door Church.— It has been our 
observation that in every community there is a 
church which seems to keep the hinges of i, K 
entrance door well oiled. They advocate liberality 
and welcome all such as are not willing to deny 
S' I Examine your own community. What church 


• married. 

STCKV? 

r.«r”t."'r r m”‘r l f 90 8 l ft* j' 1 '™' S' **» "ride’. 

E»wir2!i u,w 

the horned c VSof.T Ue8day ’ Jan 14 ' 1908 - at 

occurred the marriage of’Th’ei' 1 ^ 1 " Nf ? lpa ' rdah °. 

OreS Z, ^, r sh ,0 D Si ^ r t 

deaths. 

Stir 4 !Tr. s ; 

year ""st? m M raar [ !a B ( ‘ to Albert S. Frick in ?he 

and in accordance wRh her reqirnm Tr bou hUrCh 
brought to Sterling for bimial n th? J ° dy W , as 

conducted b, J. 8 . 

ongenecker. — Ellen S., wife of Fnhroim u 
f‘f r n [ cker ' died on Wednesday Jim if so ' 
at her -home near Elizabethtown Pa in L V?? 
year of her aire ’ ln the 36th 

survive. She^was a t and flve chl, dren 

Mennonite church, ai.d her place ' h ° 
was seldom vacant ace , at Us services 

here in the church ™ "E? 86rvlceR were held 
ducted bv the brethren ® a ri' rd ay ,nornin g. con- 
OlKTholtzer tutd » (loi fTt 1 

b«!f 'te, Es :“.r b s,T.T ,? a h «" b E, i“ : 

16, 1908: aged 1 Y 11 u 1 n and died Jan. 

mother, one brother and two sisters'? 8 father ' 
her early death, but they n J t0 m0Urn 

those who have no hone ThTL? mourn as 
sorrowing parents with the m comfor t the 

his word h the ble ssed promises of 

eSSkbS 

name was Waaler sthe ’ 11 u ' , Her maiden . 

Steidcr. To thfs union w ^ marrle d to John 1 

four sons, five daughters "?« b ° ni j?*? 0 ch, *dren, 

three great-grandchildren.’ He r S h a mtand d ft?rt “ nfl 

son preceded her to the eternal worW The t a 
comfort the mourning friends with the U>ri r 

Ises of his word. Ith the rich P rom - j. 


i 

s " a '^ ays live d a consistent Christian life. He^ook 
Krcat consolation from road i n p* niKi 1 

ve of a quiet and retiring disposition, never AarTna 
mn | PUBh bimaelf forward, but nevertheless he 
Rurr!on ,any ? rong ties of friendship among the 

n- greeting Md nil ° f reatly m » 88 his kindly 

d America in i 877 ??? , 8a utatio “- He came to 

u, America in 1877, and located at Burrton in istb 

ly services held l8 in h T e ? er 8 ‘ nCe ' The funera i 

,f and respected life is ended and he has gone o 

fJ his eternal reward. 8:0116 to 

born7.fraki“n'‘co‘ l, 'S'' r j^ at , W *5 

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ton, Kan. J °Dec Di lo' h ? me Burr * 

health for some u’me biit tiaa h , ad been n poor 
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Helen W.lb 


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my back b ' Ha?'n? in H g f ° r y f ars wi th trouble in 
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A Bible conference is being held in the congre 
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of Ohio, are the instructors. God bless the work 
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“Mind not high things, but condescend to men 
of low estate.” This is one of the best and most 
valuable admonitions that Jesus gave to a vain 
and pleasure-seeking world. But, oh! it is so 
hard to learn and harder still to practice; yet 
after It is learned and practiced it yieldeth the 
peaceable fruits of righteousness and brings 
sweetest peace to the soul. 

“Demut 1st die schoenste Tugend. 

Aller Christen Ruhm und Ehr’; 

Denn sie zieret unsre Jugend. 

Und das Alter noch viel mebr.” 

•k. 

Many Deaths.— In the weekly edition of the 
Bucks County Intelligencer of last week, a paper 
published at Doylestown, Pa., we count twenty 
four obituary notices of persons, nearly all of 
whom died in that vicinity. This reminds us of 
the fact that the great reaper of life is still 
abroad and sooner or later we, too. will pass 
from these active scenes of life into the great 
unknown from which none return. Therefore 
be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think 
- not the Bon of man eometh.” 

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“Charity,” says the apostle Peter, "shall cover 
the multitude of sins.” How easy It is when we 
have love for our brethren or friends to overlook, 
cover up and bear with their mistakes and short- 
comings and many times even serious sins! But 
■-•«•? when we do not like a person, when we have a 
grudge against him, or when We hate him, how 
we can magnify the smallest trifle and heap cen 
mire upon hint ! How we can impugn his motives 


and misconstrue them, and call everything he 
does wrong and mean, and thereby we often make 
ourselves much needless anxiety and sorrow. 
How much better to follow the apostle’s advice 
and above all things exercise charity, fervent 
charity, preserve our equanimity and keep ou>- 
temper sweet! 

•k 

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We feel sure that all our readers will be inter- 
ested in the report from the mission in India by 
Bro. George J. Lapp, including the program of 
the first Bible conference of our Mennonite people 
at that place. It must have been a pleasing and 
joyous scene, when on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1908. 
a congregation of 450 people rescued from 
heathendom met together to commemorate the 
sufferings and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, 
whom they so recently have learned to know; 
and. what is more, to see the lepers stretch forth 
their "fingerless hands” to receive the emblems 
of the broken body and the shed blood and par- 
take thereof in commemoration of the suffering 
of the Lord. The thought that our brethren and 
sisters there have made it a part of their work 
to care for these outcasts of society and lead 
thorn to the feet of Jesus, and thus show them 
the way of life, deserves the hignest degree of 
commendation. The i/>rd bless them and their 
work, and may they finally hear the blessed en- 
comium from the lips of Jesus. "Inasmuch as ye 
have done it to one of the least of these my 
brethren, ye have done it unto me.” 

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The French Minister of Justice and Worship 
has declared himself in favor of the iniquity of 
"trial marriages.” That is. the vow is not to be 
"until death do us part,” but for a certain speci- 
fied time, when if either party to the compact is 
dissatisfied, the union may be dissolved. It 
seems to us that the French revolution and “reign 
of terror” is not yet so far past but that the 
awfuiness of that time of unbridled license should 
warn France against anything like a return *o 
such a condition. Of course, God’s word Is utterly,, 
unthought of. as are. the noblest principles under- 
lying social relations, and especially family life. 
Such marrying and giving in marriage is vile in 
intent and must inevitably lead to social con 
ditions -as they were before the flood, before the 
fall of the great Roman empire and the fall of 
the old French monarchy. That such license has 
the brazenfacedness to knock at the door of civil 
law is an evidence of a moral turpitude that has 
lost all sense of true piety or belief in God’s 


word and is willing to pander to the law of ex- 
pedience and experiment. The present-day dt- 
vorse iniquity is a fearful enough evidence of for- 
getfulness of God’s law; trial marriage is still 
far worse. 

•k 

Mennonitism vs. Christianity. — On the street 
to-day (Jan. 27. 1908.) we met a man. an old 
acquaintance, a former business man of our city, 
and in a conversation with him he said, "To be 
a Mennonite or a Methodist or a Presbyterian, 
etc., amounts to nothing.” We were forcibly 
struck with the remark that “to be a Mennonite 
amounts to nothing.” Of course, a man always 
speaks according to the light he has, and so did 
this man. His knowledge of Mennonites and 
Mennonitism led to this conclusion, and this 
again would be ground for the conclusion that 
the Mennonite people with whom he had dealings 
or with whom he was acquainted did not show 
the Christian light that according to his view or 
Christianity was proper; and all these things 
brought to our mind the following thoughts: That 
Mennonitism in itself, that is. without the power 
and guidance of the Holy Spirit, amounts to 
nothing, is true. The outward form of religion 
in any church or denomination amounts to noth- 
ing more than deception, but with a sincere hear! 
and the influence of the Holy Spirit it is the 
power of God unto salvation to all that believe, 
and will manifest itself in the outward walk and 
conversation, so that as the apostle says, “we 
wilt be living epistles, known and read of all 
men.” and no one will have reason to say that 
our religion amounts to nothing. The Lord help 
us to live in the light of the gospel, so that no 
one may be led justly to condemn us as those 
who make a loud profession and have only a form 
of godliness, while we deny the power thereof. 

•k 

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” Thus says 
the prophet of God in Isa. 40:3. This was the 
special mission of John the Baptist, to prepare 
the way for Jesus, the promised Messiah, and it 
was also the special advance preparation for the 
mission work to be done under the gospel. John’s 
message of preparation was. “Repent, for the 
kingdom of heaven is at hand," which may be 
further explained as follows: Jesus, who shall 

come to save his people from their sins, who is 
Ihe Christ, the Anointed of God, the eternal High 
Priest, who shall bring salvation to Ihe world by 
the sacrifice of himself upon the cross by the 
shedding of his blood, is alnhuly here to order 
and establish his kingdom on the earth. He is 
the eternal prophet of whom Moses speaks, say- 
ing, “A prophet shall the Lord your God raise 
up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him 
ye shall hear in all things whatsoever he shall 
say unto you. And It shall come to pass, that 
every soul that will not hear that prophet shall 
be destroyed from among the people.” 

When the great Prophet, the Son of the living 
God, had accomplished the great work of redemp- 
tion through sufferings on the cross — had laid 
down his life and risen from the dead, he said to 
his disciples. “Go ye into all Ihe world, preach 
the gospel to every creature, teaching them to 
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded 
you. and he that believeth and is baptized shall 
be saved.” 

Then to all this Jesus adds Ihe beautiful prom- 
ise, "In my Father’s house are many mansions; 



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if it were not so I would have told you. I go to 
prepare a place for you; and if I go to prepare a 
place for you I will come again and receive you 
lo myself, that where I ant there ye may be also.” 
Now that he has given us his great commission, 
the work of preparation is given into the hands 
of his people— his church— that every individual 
person may by faith and obedience prepare him- 
self first for the visible kingdom of Christ on 
earth, and secondly for his kingdom of glory in 
the world beyond, that in this earthly kingdom 
we may teach the world to receive and accept 
the great salvation so freely offered, and that 
because we have no abiding city here, we may 
all in this accepted time, in this day of salvation, 
prepare ourselves finally to receive the Lord of 
glory in his second coming, and be received of 
him into the mansions of eternal bliss. 


PERSONAL MENTION. 

Pre. D. S. Brunk, of the La Junta (Colo.) con- 
gregation, is at present visiting the congregation 
near Hopedale, 111. He is out in the interests of 
the Sanitarium. 

Bro. David Burkholder and wife have both been 
afflicted with la grippe, but are both recovered. 
The article on "True Christian Progress” was de- 
layed on account of this affliction. 

Bish. C. Z. Yoder of Wayne Co., Ohio, spent 
Sunday. Jan. 21. with the congregation near Kent, 
Portage Co., Ohio, and preached to the people 
the everlasting gospel, greatly to the edification 
of all who heard him. 

Bro. Geo. Lambert returned last week from an 
extended trip in the West, as noted in these 
columns some time ago. During his trip he 
preached in seventeen different congregations 
and reports a very pleasant time. 

S. H. Miller of Walnut Creek. Holmes Co., Ohio, 
was called to near l>ouisville. Stark county, to 
officiate at the funeral of Joseph Schmucker. 
During the present week he is helping to hold 
the Bible conference in Portage county. 

Pre. Jacob Hershey of Lititz, Lancaster Co., 
Pa., began a series of special meetings in the 
Mennonite M. H. in Ephrata. Pa., on Jan. 26. Six 
persons have already signified their intention to 
consecrate themselves to the service of the Lord. 

Bro. Frank Gardner and wife and Sister Charity 
Nusbaum of Middlebury, Elkhart Co., Ind., re- 
cently visited with the brotherhood in Oscoda 
Co.. Mich., where they apparently enjoyed them- 
selves in their associations with the brethren and 
sisters in that vicinity. 

Sister Martha E. Maust of Napp anee writes us 
that she and her husband, Bro. Benj. Maust, have 
been much afflicted with sickness during this 
winter. May the Lord comfort them and give 
them health and strength and much joy in the 
Holy Ghost in their declining years. 

Bro. J. D. Brunk, now at Goshen College, ac- 
companied by Bro. Keyser of Virginia, another 
student, came to Elkhart to attend services here 
and Bro. Brunk gave a short talk on humility in 
connection with the discourse given by Bro. Geo 
Lambert on the text, "Prepare ye the way of the 
Lord" (Isa. 40:3). 

Bro. J. M. Eby, who several months ago moved 
from Shellsburg, Pa., to Norfolk Co.. Va., was 
recently elected to the office of superintendent of 
the Sunday school in the congregation near 
Fentress. In the same school Bro. D. L. Miller 
was chosen assistant superintendent., Bro. X.“A. 
Landis, treasurer, and Sister Maude Miller was 
chosen secretary. 

Bish. S. F. Coffman of Vineland, Out., con- 
ducted a Bible conference last week in Elkhart 
with good attendance and good interest. Bro. 
Coffman’s teachings were chiefly on the Old Testa- 
ment figures symbolizing gospel blessings, and 
were intensely Interesting. We much regret that 
i lie brother could not remain with us longer. 


"f'lmrity suffereth long." 


HERALD OF TRUTH. 

For the Herald of Truth. 
TRUE CHRISTIAN PROGRESS. 

By David Burkholder. 


"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree; 
he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon” (Psa. 
92:12). 

That the Bible teaches a true Christian progress 
or spiritual growth can easily be seen by any one 
who searches the Scriptures (both the Old and 
New Testaments), and it matters little whether 
the Psalmist in this text has reference to the 
growth of an individual righteous man or a right- 
eous people, as a church, the declaration is true 
in either case. 

Progress means a moving or going forward, and 
the text expresses a healthful growth. Peter 
tells us how and in what way the righteous is to 
grow, “in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord 
Jesus Christ.” 

If a child would remain the same helpless babe 
for months and years as it was when it was born 
and would not grow or develop, it would be un- 
mistakable evidence that there was something 
seriously wrong with the child, and instead of 
bringing joy and happiness to the family it would 
occasion grief and sorrow. But on the other 
hand, when babes are blessed with a healthful 
growth they will flourish physically as the palm 
tree; even if they sometimes have slight blem- 
ishes or defects they will outgrow them as they 
grow up to manhood and womanhood. And since 
it is necessary for children to grow and develop 
after they are b6m, in order to be useful and 
prosperous in life, even so it is of much more 
importance for Christians to grow in grace after 
they are born of God, and go on unto perfection, 
which means true Christian progress — a continu- 
ous pressing forward toward the mark for the 
prize, being changed into the image of Christ 
“from glory to glory” by the Spirit of the Lord. 
There is no such thing as standing still or halt- 
ing in the march of the Christian warfare. The 
Christian is either going forward or backward, 
progressing or retrograding, gaining victories or 
suffering defeats. The palm tree flourishes and 
the cedar grows as long as they are green, and 
whenever they cease to grow it is a sure sign 
that they are dead. So it is with the Christian 
True Christian progress means moving onward 
and upward in the spiritual life, and consequently 
a counterfeit progress means a going backward 
and downward into sinful life and carnality. 
Speaking from a natural standpoint, it takes much 
power for a man in a conveyance to make good 
progress up hill, while it takes no power to 
progress down hill, because the law of gravitation 
does the work, while going up it is against him. 
Indeed, in going down hill brakes are sometimes 
necessary to retard the motion of the vehicle in 
order to avoid an accident. A bird cannot make 
good progress flying against a strong current of 
air; neither can a ship move fast against the 
tide, because there are natural forces to contend 
with. For similar reasons it is so difficult for 
the Christian to make progress, because he has 
to contend with his carnal nature and sinful in- 
clinations which have downward propensities. 

Activity in a church is not always true Chris- 
tian progress. A church may be active and fast 
along certain lines and yet at the same time retro- 
grade in the spiritual life. 

A span of fast horses with very high life are 
all right for that purpose to which they are 
adapted, where speed in taking pleasure rides 
is the object, but on a dead pull they are a failure. 
The man who undertakes to do heavy drawing 
with them can look out for breaks and no work 
accomplished. And even when they are used as 
driving horses, great care must be exercised in 
handling them in order to avoid runaways and 
accidents; the harness must be good and strong, 
with good hold-backs and lines well fastened to 
bits and held by a strong man. 

A fast train on the railroad is a grand thing 


for a traveler to progress as long as It keeps the 
track, and a train without air brakes is very 
unsafe. When the train is derailed and goes 
down an embankment or precipice the result is a 
terrible wreck, often involving the loss of many 
lives. In a similar manner dangers are threaten 
ing and undermining the churches and unlesB 
proper restrictions are used some of the fast 
ones will get altogether off the narrow way and 
suffer shipwreck in the faith. 

However, it matters not how precious and de- 
sirable the healthy growth and development of a 
child is, a blessing for which we cannot be too 
thankful, yet after all there is such a thing as 
an excessive growth. A man may become cor- 
pulent or loaded down with flesh and fat and 
thus become pursy and short-winded, which is by 
no means a healthy growth. A man who weighs 
300 pounds or more would be far better off if he 
would weigh only half as much and have more 
bone and muscle, because he would feel better; 
he could also do twice as much work and much 
easier. A man’s strength is not always in pro- 
portion to his size and weight. 

Now, then, can we And true Christian progress 
and spiritual growth in a church of which it Is 
said, for instance, that they have a $10,000 church 
building, pay a $1,000 salary to a college-graduate 
pastor, who is a D. D., LL. D., and lives in a 
$3,000 parsonage? They have an expert organist, 
rendering music from an up-to-date instrument, . 
and singing by an accomplished choir, quartet, 
duet or solo if desired. They have a membership 
of 500 and in a recent series of revival meetings 
had 100 converts; the majority of the members 
belong to different lodges (ministers not ex- 
cepted), occupy the choice pews and are allowed 
to follow all the fashions of the world, attend 
shows, fairs, ball games, dances, bowling alleys 
and picnics; go to war, use the law, swear oaths, 
go into saloons and get drunk, and at the same 
time are considered good members and allowed 
to commune. Is such a church blessed with a 
spiritual growth and true Christian progress in 
God's estimation? Are not their minds corrupted 
from the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus? 

This is not to criticise any particular church; 
it is simply given as a danger signal. But it is 
clear that such a progress is not true nor genuine, 
but a spurious counterfeit Christian progress. It 
is the little flock which has the promise of the 
kingdom; those who have denied themselves and 
taken up the cross and are following Jesus; who 
are crucified to the world and the world to them; 
who would rather suffer affliction with the people 
cf God than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a 
season; who are progressing onward and upward, 
hungering and thirsting after righteousness, for 
more heart purity, for more holiness, for more 
true Christian piety and more consecration to 
God ; praying without ceasing, and thus flourish- 
ing like the palm tree and growing like the cedars 
— making true Christian progress. 

We can learn a practical lesson from the palm 
tree in its perpetual greenness, its fruitfulness 
and the height at which the foliage grows, which 
is as far as possible from the earth and as near 
as possible to heaven. Another important point 
is that the tree is determined to grow upwards 
even if loaded down with weights. So the true 
Christians persevere through all difficulties and 
opposition, having their hearts set on reaching 
the heavenly Jerusalem, and we must not lose 
sight of the usefulness of the palm. It is said 
that it affords an agreeable shade; its fruit forms 
a splendid diet ; the stones of the fruit are ground 
for the camel; the leaves are made into couches, 
baskets, etc.; its boughs into fences; the fibers of 
the boughs into robes and the riggings of small 
vessels; its sap into anack (some kind of spir 
Ituous liquor), and its wood serves for light build- 
ings and firewood. 

It is also an emblem of peace and victory. 
Its branches were undoubtedly used as such when 
they were spread on the streets by the multitude 
at the time of Christ’s triumphal entry into the 




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earthly Jerusalem. And again we notice that the 
glorified of all nations in the heavenly Jerusalem 
are described as clothed in white robes and palms 
in their hands, which shall- be the eternal reward 
of God’s true progressive people. 

The cedar Is said to cast down its roots as 
deeply as is its height upward and consequently 
is an emblem of duration and firmness, and ac- 
cording to Hos. 14:4-6, one plant is not enough to 
express the graces of God’s elect people. The 
lily depicts its lovely growth, but as it lacks 
duration and firmness, the deeply rooted cedar 
of Lebanon is added. This, however, is fruitless, 
therefore the fruitful, peace-bearing, fragrant, 
evergreen olive is added. May God speed the day 
when every one who has named the name of 
Christ can say with David of old, "I am like a 
green olive tree in the house of God." 

True Christian progress is also illustrated by 
Solomon (Prov. 4:18), "The path of the just is 
as a shining light that shineth more and more 
unto the perfect day.” Christ himself is the 
fountain of light, the sun of righteousness. We 
poor mortals are only secondary planets or moons 
that cannot shine with their own light, and the 
best we can do by the grace of God is simply to 
reflect that light which we receive from Christ, 
and we ought to bear in mind that the closer we 
keep ourselves to him the more we will be able 
to shine. But if we allow the world to get be- 
tween us and Christ, then our light will be 
eclipsed and cannot shine at all, instead of “shining 
more and more." A certain writer beautifully 
illustrates this as follows: “As the light first 

tinges the east and increases till the sun attains 
its meridian splendor, so is the course of the good 
man; his knowledge, purity and holiness gradu- 
ally increase and the light of his pious example 
shines more and more, till he is exalted in the 
heavens to shine as a sun in the blaze of endless 
felicity." 

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew 
their strength; they shall mount up with wings 
like eagles” (Isa. 40:31). This is another way of 
true Christian progress, that is, “with wings" 
upward. It makes no difference how high a wall 
we build around an eagle, it will not keep it from 
getting out. As long as there is an opening 
above it will make its way out and get away 
above the storm and the impurities of the lower 
air. In some localities where in certain seasons 
of the year dense clouds of fog and smoke hang 
over cities, so that the sun cannot be seen for 
months, every now and then, through a rift, the 
eagle can be seen far above in the calm, pure 
air, enjoying the precious sunshine. Thus they 
that wait upon the Lord shall mount up with 
wings above the care s and troubles of the world 
to bask in the sujishine of God’s grace and prom- 
ises, but in order to be able to do this they must 
lay aside every weight and the sin that does so 
easily beset them. The eagle could not mount 
up if it had a weight of a thousand pounds tied 
fast to its feet. 

Nappanee, Ind. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

REPORT 

Of the Bible Conference held at the Zion A. M. 

M. H. near Hubbard, Ore., Dec. 25-30, 1907. 

Organization.— Moderator, A. P. Troyer; secre- 
taries, M. H. Hostetler and J. M. Schlegel; query 
managers, M. H. Hostetler, Daniel Roth and S. L. 
Miller. The instructors were B. F. Hartzler of 
Garden City. Mo.; C. R. Gerig, J. P. Bontrager of 
Albany, Ore., and J. F. Bressler of Portland, Ore. 

The following subjects were discussed: 

"Origin of the Church.” Bro. Hartzler. Defini- 
tion. The body of true believers. Originated in 
the garden of Eden. Fully organized at the time 
when Moses led the children of Israel out of 
Egypt toward the promised land (Ex. 3:4). 

“The Church’s Mission.” Bro. Hartzler. The 
body of Christ Ib subject to its Head and obedient 
to him in all things (Rom. 7:4; Eph. 5:24). 


“Church Government.” Bro. Gerig. A bishop 
should rule over the church as a servant, and 
reprove, rebuke and exhort with all longsuffering 
and doctrine (2 Tim. 4). 

"Duties of Ministers to the Church.” Bro. 
Hartzler. He is to feed the flock by preaching 
the whole gospel and be an example. 

“Duties of Church to Ministers.” Bro. Bon- 
trager. The church should strive together ear- 
nestly for the ministers. 

"Fasting and Duties of Giving.” Bro. Gerig. 
This is fasting that the Lord has chosen (Isa. 
58:6, 7). We should give as the Lord has pros- 
pered us, cheerfully and without display (1 Cor. 
16:2). 

"Pride.” Bro. Bontrager. Pride is sin. Pride 
is an abomination in the sight of God. a hindrance 
to seeking God. Causes disobedience of children 
to parents, etc. “God resisteth the proud, but 
gives grace to the humble.” 

“Unequal yoke.” Bro. Hartzler. Forbidden (2 
Cor. 6:14-17). 1. In business relations. 2. In 

social relations. 3. In the marriage relation. 4. 
In the lodge. 

“Evils of the Tongue.” Bro. Bressler. Origin 
and causes. Pride, envy, hatred, idleness, etc. 
It includes whispering, backbitings, tale bearing, 
lying, gossiping, mockery, fables, teasing. 

"Worldly Amusements.” Bro. Hartzler. For- 
bidden (1 John 2:15-17; Rom. 12:2). If we have 
the love of God in our hearts we have no desire 
for the things of the world. 

“Regeneration.” Bro. J. F. Bressler. Born 
again or brought to life again; not a natural 
birth, but a spiritual birth. 

“Lukewarmness.” Bro. C. R. Gerig. Sign of 
indifference, slothfulness, self-conceit. Leads to 
extravagance, want, bondage, disappointment and 
ruin. Remedy: Prayer and repentance. 

“Disregard of the Sabbath Day.” Bro. J. P. 
Bontrager. Remember the Sabbath day to keep 
it holy (Ex. 20:8). We should assemble for wor- 
ship on the first day of the week (John 20:26; 
Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2). We should do no secular 
work, only what is absolutely necessary (Luke 
14:5). 

“Self-righteousness.” Bro. B. F. Hartzler. Is 
an abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:15). 
Is ineffectual to salvation (Matt. 5:20; Rom.3:20). 
Is unprofitable, vain, boastful (Isa. 57:12; Matt. 
23:30). 

“Repentance." Bro. C. R. Gerig. Is a godly- 
sorrow' for sin (Isa. 55:6, 7). The goodness of 
God leadeth to repentance (Rom. 2:4). 

“Intemperance.” Bro. B. F. Hartzler. Let your 
moderation be known to all men (1 Cor. 4:5; 
9:25). An intemperate person cannot inherit the 

king dom of God ( 1 Cor. 3:16 , 17). 

"Obedience and its Promises.” Bro. B. F. Hartz 
ler. Obedience to God commanded (Deut. 13:4). 
It includes obedience to Christ and the gospel. 
Blessings if we obey God (Deut. 11:26, 27). 

Song services, question box and preaching every 
evening during these meetings. Two young souls 
made the good confession and came out on tha 
Lord’s side. May they be faithful to the end. 
Much interest was manifested throughout the 
entire conference. May the seed sown bring 
forth much fruit that we may all be more true 
and shining lights in this world. 

WM. H. HOSTETLER, 

J. M. SCHLEGEL, Secretaries. 


Confessing All.— A girl who wished to conquer 
a habit of sharp speech that she noticed in her- 
self tried the experiment of confessing in prayer 
each night every unkind remark she had made 
during the day. The change in her talk was soon 
very marked. “I felt, so ashamed as I repeated 
such words before God,” she said, years after 
ward, “that all day long I tried to guard against 
having any to confess the next night. I grew to 
hate the sin, and then, of course, I stopped it. 
The trouble had been that I really didn’t hate it. 
though I thought I did.” 


For the Herald of Truth. 

GOD’S PROMISE TO HEAR PRAYER. 


I know of prayers that have received an im- 
mediate answer. God's part is perfect and right- 
eous. His people are chosen from the world. 
They are to be a peculiar people. The practical 
question that confronts us right here is, Am I 
a child of God? Is my heart set in order to re- 
ceive the heavenly gifts? God knows the exact 
condition of my heart; do I? If so, can I say 
with Paul, "Is it a small matter to be a judge or 
men? I. even I, dare not judge myself— it is God 
that judgeth.” 

I will pray to my God that he may give me 
light, as he is in the light, that I may be able to 
discern between godliness and worldliness; this 
is my sincere prayer for myself and others. But 
can I stop here? No. If I am in the light as he 
is in the light, it will lead me to go forward and 
onward. I also pray for my children, as they are 
out of God’s promises. I pray the Father to draw 
them that they may find redemption through Jesus 
Christ, our Lord. This is my earnest and sincere 
prayer. But still they remain away from God, 
and I am greatly discouraged ; I feel as though 
my prayer is vnt accepted before God. What 
shall I do? Is God not true to his promises? 
Surely God is true and faithful to every promise 
he ever made, and whosoever cometh to him he 
will in no wise cast out or turn away. Whatso- 
ever we ask in Jesus’ name that will he do. We 
must learn to be patient and give all our troubles 
and cares into the heavenly Father’s hands. May 
I not myself be in the way? What does repentance 
mean? It means conviction, a sense of our sins, 
a sense of our lost condition; it means sorrow, 
a godly sorrow for our sins, and a turning away 
from all sin and unrighteousness; it means faith 
in Jesus Christ and the promises of his word; it 
means a change of heart, a regeneration, a dying 
unto sin, and all forms of unrighteousness and 
disobedience; it means a resurrection from the 
death of this sinful life unto newness of life; 
setting our affections upon heavenly things and 
not upon the things of earth; it means coming 
from darkness unto the light and being converted 
from the power of Satan unto God. When we 
have passed through all these experiences our 
hearts will be changed and we will love him; we 
will love what he loves and we will hate what he 
hates, because his Spirit dwelleth in us and will 
guide us into all truth. We will likewise in this 
condition love and cherish his word and read it 
that we may learn to know his will and his ways. 
While reading God’s word we will examine our- 
selves as to whether we are in harmony with the 
teachings of that word, and we will read with 
— reverence and holy fear, because it-is the divine 
word. 

We mothers sometimes do not in all things set 
the best example for our children. We may have 
family worship, but that is not all we need. When 
we pray we should ask God to reveal to us our 
hidden sins and to enlighten our minds and 
hearts, and anoint our eyes with the spiritual 
eye-salve, that we see and understand spiritual 
things, and that he may bestow upon us all neces- 
sary spiritual and temporal blessings. 

• But now what is our life? What kind of an 
example do we give? Am I rough and unkind to 
my children, or to my neighbors, or others with 
whom I associate? In our conduct, in our appear- 
ance, in the furnishing of our houses, in our 
equipage, in our associations, in our recreations, 
in all we do and all we enjoy or engage in, let 
us ever remember to do all in the fear of God 
and with an eye siugle to his glory; not to please 
ourselves, but to please God and build up his 
Zion, his kingdom upon earth. Let us in all 
things seek first the kingdom of God and his 
righteousness. 


“Not until men and women carry their religion 
into their wardrobe and their consciences into 
their shopping can we expect much progress In 
morals or in religion.” 


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February 6, 



FOREIGN M ISSION8. 

India. — American Mennonite Mission, Dhamtarl, 
C. P.. India. Stations: Sundarganj, Rudrl. 

Leper Asylum, Balodgahan. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 

HOME MIS8ION8. 

Chicago. — Home Mission, 146 W. 18th Street, Chi- 
cago, 111. A. H. Leaman. Supt. 

Chicago. — Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 
Ave. and 26th Street, Chicago, 111. 

Chicago. — Hoyne Avenue Mission, Cor. 33d Street 
and Hoyne Avenue. 

Toronto, Canada. — Home Mission, 4S1 King Street, 
E. Toronto. Samuel Honderich, Supt. 

Welsh Mountain. — Welsh Mountain Industrial Mis- 
sion, New Holland, Pa., R. P. D. No. 4. Noah 
H. Mack, Supt. 

Philadelphia. — Mennonite Home Mission, Cor. Am- 
ber and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Ft. Wayne.— 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft. Wayne, Ind. 
J. M. Hartzler, Supt. 

Lancaster.— 462 Rockland Street, Lancaster, Pa. 

Canton.— Mission Home, 1934 East Eighth 8treet, 
Canton, Ohio. P. R. Lantz, Supt. 

Kansas City. — 200 S. Seventh St., Kansas City, 
Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. 

BENEVOLENT AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS. 

Orphans’ Home. — West Liberty, Ohio. A. Metzler, 
Supt. 

Old People’s Home. — Marshallville, Ohio, R. F. D. 
J. D. Mlninger, Supt. 

Old People's Home. — Oreville, Pa. A. K. Diener, 
Supt. 

La Junta Sanitarium. — La Junta, Colo. D. 8. 
Weaver, Supt 



, Virginia, Jan. 26, 1908.— Through the 

mercy of God I will write and send you my sub- 
scription again lor another year. I read in the 
Herald that the brethren are going to have a 
Bible conference in Allen Co., Ohio, during Feb- 
ruary. I should be very glad to be there also, 
but we cannot always do as we would like. 1 
would like to enjoy the privilege of being there 
and receiving the blessing coming from such a 
meeting. This world is really a very unfriendly 
world — life is short and full of trouble. May the 
Lord bless you all, is my prayer. COR. 

* * * 

From a private letter we learn that the Stras- 
burg congregation, Lancaster Co., Pa., has en- 
joyed quite an awakening in the spiritual life by 
means of a continued meeting. Our correspondent 
writes, “I am very thankful to be able to write 
that we are having a series of meetings at the 
Strasburg M. H. and these meetings have resulted 
in forty-three confessions at this time and we 
hope that more may be led by the divine Spirit 
to make the wise choice. It is a work in which 
all should be interested.” The Lord add his 
blessing. 

* * * 

Bro. J. M. Nunemaker of La Junta, Colo,, writes 
us in regard to a communication which, though 
written to us as a personal letter, we considered 
of sufficient importance to publish, and accord- 
ingly did so. In stating, however, that $10,000.00 
more money would be needed to finish the Sani- 
tarium, Bro. Nunemaker fears a misunderstand- 
ing may occur and offers the following explana- 
tion. He says, “It will require $10,000.00 more to 
complete the Sanitarium, but of this amount we 
have subscribed already $5,000.00 and therefore 
need only $5,000.00 more than we have on hand 
and promised. Bro. D. Brunk is starting east 
to-night (Jan. 23) to solicit the necessary funds, 
and if he succeeds in getting $5,000.00 more we 
will have sufficient to complete the building.” 

• • * 

Newkirk, Okla., Jan. 29, 1908.— To all Herald 

Readers: — Greeting in the Redeemer’s name. On 
Jan. 4 Bro. Jacob Berkey of Manchester, Okla., 
came into our midst to conduct a series of meet- 
ings. The bread of life was broken into such- 
small crumbs that any person desiring to know 
the truth could be a partaker of the same. The 
meetings closed Sunday evening, the 19th. There 


were three converts during the meetings; some 
were under deep conviction — simply halting be- 
tween two opinions. Our prayer is that they will 
choose to serve their Master before it is too late. 
May the Lord bless the dear brother in his labors 
and may he ever prove faithful in discharging 
his duty in the fear of the Lord. 

Bro. Aaron Good of Sterling, 111., who is taking 
a trip through the West and holding a series of 
meetings in various congregations, stopped off 
with us a few days, during which time he con- 
ducted three interesting meetings. Bro. Benjamin 
Miller of Newton, Kan., accompanied him to this 
place. May the Lord’s richest blessings rest upon 
him. COR. 

• • • 

From Oscoda Co., Mich.— The recent meetings 
held by the brethren D. J. Johns and S. E. Allgyer 
were certainly a great help to the brotherhood 
there. They resulted in eight conversions, all 
of whom were baptized and received into church 
fellowship. Two were reclaimed and four re- 
ceived by letter. Menno S. Steiner was also 
chosen and ordained to the office of deacon. May 
the Lord continue his rich blessing to the growing 

congregation at this place. 

* • • 

Goshen, Ind., Jan. 28, 1908.— Dear Readers:— 
Greeting. On Sunday, Jan. 26, the people of 
Yellow Creek congregation met again for worship 
after not being permitted to assemble for eight 
weeks on account of a smallpox epidemic. Many 
who had been quarantined for a number of weeks 
were again welcomed at their usual place of wor- 
ship. Sunday school was reorganized and the 
following officers elected: Superintendent, M. S. 

\v ambold ; assistant superintendent, Wm. Hoover; 
secretary and treasurer, Grace Wambold; choris- 
ters, J. F. Buzzard and Oscar Culp. COR. 

* * * 

Archbold, Ohio, Jan. 28, 1908.— To the Readers 
of the Herald of Truth: — The Fulton county con- 
gregation has decided to build two more meeting- 
houses this coming summer, as there is no longer 
room enough in the old house of worship. Bish. 
Eli Frey left for Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., on 
Jan. 25 to conduct a Bible conference at that 
place. SARAH SAUDER. 

• • • 

McVeytown, Pa., Jan. 27, 1908.— To the Brother- 
hood in Christ: — Greeting in His name. As we 
are having Sunday school only every other Sun- 
day in this quarter, and Jan. 12 being the day 
for Sunday school, it was so very rainy and un- 
pleasant that only a few came. So on Jan. 26 we 
had our first Sunday school in the new year. The 
interest is good and many good thoughts were 
presented. Bro. and Sister Levi Blough of Johns- 
town, Pa., were with us and Bro. Blough gave us 
an interesting talk on the subject of purity and 
holiness. We are also glad to say that Bish. D. J. 
Johns of Goshen, Ind., is expected to be with us 
for some time to hold a series of meetings, after 
he is through with his work at Belleville. We 
pray that God’s blessing be in the meetings, as 
the feelings of the unconverted regarding God’s 
word seems to have become very cold. COR. 

• • • 

La Junta, Colo., Jan. 23, 1908. — Dear Herald 
Readers:— Greeting in Jesus’ name. Having spent 
about three months at La Junta, Colo., most of 
the time working on the Sanitarium, I thought 
a few lines regarding the work might be of inter- 
est. The brethren are putting up a plain but very 
substantial building and they hope to have it 
ready for patients by April or May. By what I 
have seen and experienced while here, I am fully 
convinced of the need of such an institution by 
our people and that it is worthy of the support 
it Is receiving and much more. It Is surprising 
to see the number of letters they are receiving 


asking for admission. Some of them are almost 
pleading for a place to be treated for that dreaded 
disease lung trouble. It is also surprising to see 
the wonderful effect the climate has on some 
who come here. One brother came here from 
Lancaster Co., Pa., since I am here, who, as the 
doctor claimed, had tuberculosis of the bowels 
and lungs and looked very bad. To-day he looks 
quite well and works every day. 

I am also glad to say that the much-talked- 
about fever is entirely gone and while it was bad 
enough, there were very few cases outside of the 
city of La Junta. There were also very fatal 
cases even in the city. There was only one fatal 
case among our people and I hat was not the 
direct result of the fever, but a complication of 
diseases. There are over 100 members here, and 
in the five years since our people began to settle 
here there have been but four deaths, three In- 
fants and one adult, with the exception of three 
consumptives who came here loo late to be 
helped, and died. 

In conclusion I will say that I am very favorably 
impressed with the needs of a sanitarium and 
trust our people will lend a helping hand so that 
the work may speedily be completed. The plaster- 
ing is nearly ready for the whitecoating. It will 
then be ready for finishing and furnishing. God 
bless all. MARTIN SENGER. 

• • • 

Mennonite Old People’s Home, Marshallville, 
Ohio, Jan. 23, 1908.— Dear Brethren and Sisters: — 
Greetings in the name of Him who daily loadeth 
us with benefits (Psa. 68:19). We thought per 
haps a few lines from this part of God’s vineyard 
might be appreciated by the readers, as many of 
you have been much interested in the work here. 

While the needs of this institution are many, 
we rejoice in this that He who clothes the lilies 
of the field; He who cares for the sparrows so 
that not one of them is forgotten; He who has 
tne very hairs of our heads all numbered, has 
by no means forgotten the cause of the aged 
needy ones at this place. Our hearts swell with 
gratitude and praise at the remembrance of his 
goodness to us. 

Our working force has been increased by the 
arrival of Bro. and Sister George J. Schmidt, 
whose home is in Saskatchewan, Canada. We 
surely praise the Lord of the harvest for willing 
workers. 

We wish to heartily thank all who have been 
making this work possible by prayers, money, 
clothing or provisions, as they were all much 
needed and appreciated. 

We see such an interest manifested among the 
brethren and sisters, throughout the churches that 
it always makes us rejoice and spurs us on with 
new zeal and courage in the work, reminding us 
that God is fulfilling his promise in Phil. 4:19. 
We are just beginning to realize the meaning of 
the Scripture, “It is more blessed to give than 
• to receive.” While it is a blessed thing to re- 
ceive, yet the greater blessing goes with the 
giver, and he hope that God may reward you all 
according to Mai. 3:10. 

Some of the much-needed improvements have 
been made: namely lights, new furnace, heating 
plant improved and enlarged, laundry outfit, ele- 
vator, etc., but there yet remain many things 
undone. The painting of the building inside and 
outside has been postponed. 

There are twenty-six inmates under the care 
of the Home at this time; considerable sickness 
has been in our family during the fall and winter, 
and on account of various infirmities, five are no* 
coming to the tables at this time. 

We have preaching services every Lord’s day 
afternoon, unless a minister fails to respond to 
his call; Sunday school lesson study every Wed- 
nesday evening and workers’ meeting every sec- 
ond Sunday evening. 

Remember us at the throne of grace that we 
may be enabled to fulfil the purpose of our 
creation. We remain yours for the aged needy 
ones, J. D. and HETTIB B. MINTNOBR. 






1908. 


4 1 


The Bible Conference at Berlin, Ontario, it is 
reported, was a very pleasant and we hope a 
profitable season. Meetings were held every 
evening during the week of the conference and 
were continued also during the following week. 
There were at last report nine confessions and 
more expected. Bro. M. S. Steiner left Berlin 
at the close of the Bible conference in response 
to a call for him to report at Scottdale immedi- 
ately. Bro. Shetler began a series of meetings 
at BreBlau after the close of the Berlin meetings. 

• * * 

Kulpsville, Pa., Jan. 27, 1908.— Sarah, youngest 
daughter of Bro. David C. Wismer of Franconia, 
died Jan. 10, 1908, of inflammation of the bowels, 
aged 1 Y., 7 M., 17 D. Funeral was held at the 
Franconia meeting-house. 

Bro. John H. Wasser of Lower Salford township 
died Jan. 22, 1908, of paralysis, aged 65 years. 
His funeral was held on Monday, Jan. 27, 1908, 
at the Lower Salford Mennonite M. H. He leaves 
a widow and five children to mourn his death. 

Sister William S. Kriehle of Lansdale is laid 
up with la grippe. The wife of Pre. Jacob Stover 
is also suffering with la grippe, which affects her 
heart. 

Pre. C. B. Allebach, of the Towamencin congre- 
gation, attended a funeral at Souderton last Sun- 
day and conducted the services. 

Bro. Jacob R. Loux of near Souderton, Pa., has 
recently been very sick with urinary troubles, but 
at present writing is improving. COR. 

* * • 

Lebanon, Leb. Co., Pa., Jan. 28, 1908. To all 

Herald Readers:— Greeting in Jesus’ name. We 
just closed a series of meetings at Gingrich’s M. 
H„ in which Pre. Noah Mack conducted the serv- 
ices and by which we, as a small congregation, 
were very much refreshed. These meetings com- 
menced on Jan. 13 and closed the 24th. The texts 
were as follows: Eccl. 9:4-10; Prov. 8:17; Jer. 
9:1; Matt. 16:25-27; Rom. 8:3; John 1:29; Jonah 
3:10; Luke 7:50, “Thy faith hath saved thee; go 
in peace.” Matt. 25:10; Luke 7:14, “Young man, 
I say unto thee, Arise.” Mark 11:16; Matt. 24:37, 
“As the days of Noah were, so shall also the 
coming of the Son of man be.” One confession 
was made, but there were many under deep con- 
viction who did not heed the call. Let us pray 
earnestly that we may all prepare to meet our 
God before it is too late. A SISTER. 


For th« Herald of Truth. 

A TESTIMONIAL. 

Greeting in the name of Jesus. I am glad to 
say that I am one of God’s lambs. I was asked 

came to con ' 

fess Christ. I used to be a bartender in a saloon 
in this city (Canton, Ohio), and it was a very 
bad place for me to be. My brother-in-law used 
to talk to me to leave the place, but I would 
laugh at him and say, “It is all right; I am having 
a good time,” and I thought I was. But I soon 
found out that I was getting deeper into sin. 

But then I did not care and then I got into 
trouble and had to leave the state. I was gone 
two months and then came back and again went 
to work at my trade, that is, a molder. But then 
I was not satisfied. I had to drift back to drink- 
ing whiskey, and the result of that you will see. 
it was a blessed hour for me. Then after services 
thirty days. After I had served twenty-five days 
I was released and then I made a resolution to 
stop drinking, but I did not hold out, and started 
again in another Ohio city, and there was again 
arrested and taken back to the workhouse for 
three months. 

My friends. I will tell you, there it was where 
I started to look into this matter of serving the 
Lord. I had to go to the chapel every Sunday: 
we had preaching and singing for one hour, and 
it was a blessed hour for me. Then after service 3 
I was locked up again, and there I used to pray 
to God that I might get out of that place, and 
my prayer was answered. This I know that my 


HimALD OB’ TKtJTH. 

prayers were answered, for I got out before my 
time was up. 

But I did not heed the calling of the Lord. 

I went on drinking just as before. I came back 
to Canton and went to the mission with friends, 
and I was talked to, and I said I would think it 
over, and I did. My sisters were praying for me, 
and now their prayers have been answered and 
1 am happy. Now I know I can go out and walk 
up the street with a smile on my face, instead of 
a frown. I meet some of my old friends who 
were my friends in sin, and they tempt me to 
go with them and have a drink. But “No” is 
my answer. And now that I have given my heart 
to God and walk in his light I hope and pray that 
I may always walk with Him who sitteth on the 
throne even to the end. 

I ask all the brethren and sisters to pray for 
me that I may keep within me his sacred name 
and always serve him. 

Your brother in Jesus’ name, 

Canton, Ohio. W. H. BENTLEY. 

The above is the testimonial referred to by 
Bro. Lantz in his letter given last week under 
“Tidings,” and we are sure that it will be read 
with deep interest by all. This is now some of 
the real, living fruit that comes from consecrated 
mission work. By the fruit the tree is known. 
By a man’s work we judge his character and his 
Christian life; and when our missions go out 
on the rescue work and from the slums and dens 
of vice bring up lost souls, leading them to the 
feet of Jesus and bringing them away from the 
haunts of sin that they become temperate and 
pure in their lives and help to save others— when 
we see these things as fruits of the mission, we 
know that God is blessing the work and his name 
is glorified. EDITOR. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

THE FIRST BIBLE CONFERENCE IN DHAM- 
TARI, INDIA. 

By Geo. J. Lapp. 


At the beginning of this new year we have 
great reasons to thank our heavenly Father for 
the many blessings he has bestowed upon us. 
During the last week we were privileged to enjoy 
one gospel feast after another. There had been 
special prayer for some time that God would 
open the way for more direct gospel teaching to 
the native people. After some planning and the 
appointing of a committee it was arranged to 
have a seven days’ meeting in a grove near the 
girls’ orphanage. No large auditorium was 
erec ted, but a plot of ground was cl eane d, and 
upon that the people sat and the trees and sky- 
formed the ceiling. We will give the program 
in full, from which a better idea will be formed 
of the nature of the meetings. 

Thursday, Dec. 26, A. M. — Devotional. “Fall of 
Man and Sin," G. J. Lapp. “Redemption,” J. N. 
Kaufman. “The Rock that is Higher than l" 
(Psa. 61:2), M. C. Lapp. 

p jyj. — song service. “Being reconciled to God" 
(John 6:44), Native Brother, Sid Gopal. Workers’ 
meeting. J. A. Ressler. 

Friday, A. M. — Devotional. “Faith,” J. N. Kauf- 
man. “Repentance,” G. J. Lapp. “Separate life 
unto Christ through the cross,” J. A. Ressler. 

p m. — S ong service. “Light of the Gospel,’’ 
Native Brother, Johan. Workers’ meeting, M. C. 
Lapp. 

Saturday, A. M.— Devotional. "Conversion and 
Regeneration,” G. J. Lapp. “The Race of Faith” 
(1 Cor. 9:24-27). Native Brother, Elisha. 

p. m. — S ong service. “What think ye of 
Christ?” M. C. Lehman. Workers’ meeting, J. N 
Kaufman. 

Sunday, A. M. — Devotional. “Baptism,” J. N. 
Kaufman. “Change of heart through the power 
of the blood,” Native Brother. Patras. “Commu- 
nion and Feet-Washlng.” G. .1. Tapp. 


P. M. — Song service. “The true and the defiled 
Nazarite” (Num. 6:1-8), M. C. I.<app. Workers 
meeting, G. J. Lapp. 

Monday. A. M.— Devotional. “Marriage,” G. J. 
Lapp. “Blood Guiltiness,” Native Brother, Sid 
Gopal. “Non-Conformity,” J. N. Kaufman. 

P. M. — Song and baptismal services. “Ways of 
Losing Power,” M. C. Lehman. Workers’ meeting, 

L. Ellen Schertz. 

Tuesday, A. M. — Devotional. “Worship,” J. N. 
Kaufman. “The Sheep of Christ’s Fold,’’. Native 
Brother, Johan. “Heaven,” G. J. Lapp. 

P. M. — Song service. “Christ’s Calls to All.” 

J. A. Ressler. Baptismal service. Workers' meet- 
ing, M. C. Lehman. 

Wednesday. — Sermon, “Behold, the Lamb c>r 
God” (John 1:36), J. N. Kaufman. Communion 
service and feet -washing. Closing address, “Proper 
Use of the Light” (Luke 11:34-36). M. C. Lapp. 

Except a few days, the lepers from the leper 
asylum attended and took part. It was inspiring 
to see their keen interest in the work. When 
they partook of the broken emblems and stretched 
forth their fingerless hands to receive the bread 
we all were touched, but God blessed them. 

The first converts from the village were bap- 
tized on Monday afternoon. They had been think- 
ing long about accepting Christ as their Savior, 
but friends and caste were hindrances to them. 
Now they are one more home for Christ. 

A number of orphan boys who had been under 
instruction for about a year and who had been 
asked to wait for some time, were received by- 
baptism on Tuesday. 

Most of the people walked from their respective 
homes. Those who had babies to carry placed 
them in baskets and placing their food for the 
noon hour in another, the father balanced tile 
baby basket and the food basket over his shoul 
der by means of a stout stick to which he tied 
the baskets with a rope. None of them had 
carriages. A few of them and the missionaries 
had bullock carts and were happy. 

Many who had fallen into various kinds of sin 
made confessions and restitution. Whom they 
had wronged they begged forgiveness, what they 
had stolen they returned, and most of them mani- 
fested a changed life. 

The workers’ meetings were devoted to talks 
by the native Christians. They varied. Some- 
times it was mostly prayer service, several pray- 
ing at the same time. Again it was testimony, 
or confession of sin. or praise service. One poor 
boy who is mentally weak and is looked upon as 
idiotic, rose one afternoon and tremblingly con- 
fessed to sin, testified to what blessings he had 
received, etc. God had moved upon that poor 
heart that no one thought was capable of being 
moved. The power of God was manifest. 

One native brother volunteered to consecrate ' 
a part of his living toward the support of some 
native brother who can devote his whole time to 
preaching the gospel. Others volunteered to do 
the same thing, and on the last day steps were 
taken to appoint a committee or council of native 
workers and missionaries who shall make what- 
ever arrangements are necessary to send out one 
who is full of the Holy Ghost and power, and who 
shall be supported wholly by the native Chris- 
tian people. 

Two ignorant widows, who cannot read or 
write, were baptized. They confessed their sin. 
but thought themselves unworthy because they 
could not learn. But God has blessed them, and 
they are rejoicing in his service. 

Pray for the work and the workers and the 
native church, that it may become a power in 
God’s hands. We rejoice that God has counted 
us worthy of seeing such a large number of Chris- 
tians from this vicinity alone come together and 
feast upon God’s word. 

About 450 communed on Wednesday. About 
the same number was the average attendance 
during the meetings. 

Dhamtari, C. P., India, Jan. 2. 1908. 




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February 6. 




YOUNG PEOPLE’S BIBLE-MEETING PAGE 

TOPIC: BALTHASAR HUBMAIER, THE ARDENT WORKER. Zech. 2:1-9 . (Historical) FeOC ’08 


THE LESSON MOTTO. 

God help us to stand by the landmarks which 
our fathers have set. In all that stands for 
devotion, faithfulness to evangelical principles, 
consecration and willingness to suffer for the sake 
of the gospel, help us to follow their example. 


DAILY READINGS. 

February, 1908. 

10. M. — The fearless preacher. Acts 2:14-41. 

11 . T. — The ardent worker. Rom. 1:8-16. 

12. W. — Laboring under difficulties. Acts 13:49- 

15:7. 

13 . T. — The true worker’s motto. 2 Cor. 12:9-15. 

14. F. — The evangelist’s calling. 1 Thess. 2:1-13. 

15. S. — The evangelist’s prospect and joy. 

1 Thess. 2:14-20. 

16. S. — Balthasar Hubmaier, the Ardent Worker. 

Zech. 2:1-9. 


A SUGGESTION. 

We would suggest that the leader carefully 
read Bro. Horsch's able article on Hubmaier’s 
life and be prepared to give a talk on the same, 
using the texts suggested for the daily readings 
as illustrative of the conditions and experiences 
which men of Hubmaier’s type often meet. We 
pray that a thoughtful study of such men may 
give us new inspiration to work for the upbuilding 
of Christ’s kingdom to-day. Hubmaier was not 
- without his weaknesses and faults; neither were 
David, Moses, Samuel and other men of God. 
But we cannot realize the awfttlness of the trials 
and the extremes of mental and physical anguish 
through which Hubmaier passed in prison and 
in the torture chamber, but when he was himself 
he boldly renounced and condemned his momen- 
tary weakness, and finally, as a true witness for 
Christ, gave up his life for the principles he 
believed and taught, thus removing the stigma 
that his enemies and apologists for defensive war- 
fare would heap upon him, of having been a 
weakling and a traitor to his profession. 


BALTHASAR HUBMAIER. 

By John Horsch. 

Among the leading Anabaptist preachers there 
was none who had, previous to his baptism, occu- 
pied so eminent a position of honor and whose 
reputation had spread so far. as Balthasar Hub- 
maier: He was born alwmt 1480 at Friedberg in 

Swabia, South Germany (hence his Latin name, 
Pacimontanus— Friedberger). At Augsburg he 
attended the Latin school and in 1503 became a 
■student at the University of Freiburg. Here the 
famous Dr. John Eck (later a prominent op- 
ponent of Luther) was his principal teacher. He 
received the bachelor's degree with distinction 
and in 1512 the degree of doctor of divinity was 
conferred upon him by the University of Ingol- 
stadt. About the same time he accepted a call 
to a professorship in the same institution. In 
1515 he was elected prorector (acting president) 
of the university. In the following year he be- 
came preacher at the cathedral of Regensburg 
(Ratisbon). Later he accepted a pastorate in the 
city of Waldshut on the Rhine. 

Waldshut is situated not far from Zurich in 
Switzerland, the city of Ulrich Zwingli. When 
Zwingli in 1522 began to preach against certain 
Romish doctrines and abuses, Hubmaier soon fell 
into line and became “Zwingli’s good friend.” as 
Bullinger informs us. In May, 1523, Hubmaier 
had a conference with Zwingli on the subject of 
baptism. He advanced the idea that infants 
should not be baptized, the ordinance being in- 
stituted for believers. Zwingli did not oppose 
this view at that time. In November of the same 
year we find Hubmaier again at Zurich, where a 
great disputation was held on the Mass and 


images in the churches. Among the speakers on 
the Zwinglian side were Hubmaier and Conrad 
Grebel, while Louis Hetzer acted as secretary. 
In the course of the discussion Grebel urged the 
necessity of immediate and thorough reforms. 
Zwingli replied, the government would decide the 
questions of actual reforms. Against this answer 
Simon Stumpf, another friend of Zwingli, but 
later an Anabaptist leader, protested, telling 
Zwingli that he had ‘‘no authority to give the 
decision into the hands of the governments, but 
the decision is already given,” the points in 
question having been proven unscriptural. 

In September of the following year (1524) Hub- 
maier wrote the famous treatise, ‘‘Of Heretics 
and their Burners,” in which he boldly advocated 
the Voluntary Principle, condemning all persecu- 
tion for the sake of faith. In his opinion heretics 
“ought to be treated with no other than moral 
means of persuasion and instruction.” “It fol- 
lows,” he says, "that inquisitors are the greatest 
heretics of all, since against the doctrine and 
example of Christ, they condemn heretics to the 
stake, and before the time of harvest root up the 
wheat with the tares.” 

Zwingli, in one of his books, praised the citizens 
of Waldshut for the attitude which they took in 
matters of church reformation. The city belonged 
to Austria and the Austrian government de- 
manded that they stop the mouth of their 
“heretical’’ preacher. Although they were loyal 
to the government they declared that there must 
be liberty to preach the gospel. But toward the 
end of the year 1524 Hubmaier stepped out boldly 
with a denial of the validity of infant baptism. 
He joined the party of those who in Zurich were 
called Radicals, among whom Grebel, Hetzer, 
Stumpf and Manz were leaders. Hubmaier be- 
lieved that Zwingli also would accept this teach- 
ing on baptism, but this hope was never realized. 

As intimated above, there was primarily no 
controversy on baptism between Zwingli and the 
Radicals. Even a few years later Zwingli con- 
fessed, “This error also misled me some years 
ago, so that I thought it would be much more 
suitable to baptize children after they had arrived 
at a good age.” Other passages of similar import 
could be quoted from his writings. But as soon 
as he realized that the introduction of believers’ 
baptism would mean the organization of a new' 
church on the Voluntary Principle, in other words, 
that the introduction of the baptism of believers 
would necessarily bring the abolishment of state- 
churchistn. Zwingli became one of the most de- 
termined defenders of infant baptism. 

It is unnecessary to say that the Roman Cath- 
olic church w r as before the rise of Zwingli the 
state-church in Switzerland and indeed in all 
western and central Europe. Civil law as well as 
the law of the church required that every new 
born child should be made a member of the state- 
church by baptism, which was believed to be 
regeneration, and that he should remain a mem- 
ber all his life whether he be saint or sinner. 
Excommunication took place for heresy or false 
teaching only, and was followed by executing the 
victim. Now Zwingli’s reform program was to 
the effect that certain Romish usages and doc- 
trines should be abolished by the civil govern- 
ment and a new state-church (the Zwinglian) 
should take the place of the old, every inhabitant 
of the country being compelled to hold member- 
ship in it and every newly born child being re- 
ceived into it by baptism, even as formerly into 
the Roman Catholic church. 

Now the Radicals, called afterwdrd Anabaptists, 
had, through the study of the Scriptures and from 
the fact that many members of the state-church 


lived in the most heinous sins, been led to see 
l hat such a church is far from what a Christian 
church should be and they were, moreover, con 
vinced that even the purest Christian church 
could not fall to become worldly if it consented 
to a union with the state in the sense of becoin 
ing an exclusive state-church. They recognized 
a great wrong in the practice of making uncon- 
scious infants members of the church. Was this 
not contrary to all New Testament teaching and 
practice? Not baptism, they said, but the new 
birth makes a Christian. According to the Lord’s 
leaching and the apostles’ example believers only 
should be baptized and received into the church 
and those who have been received may hold mem- 
bership as long only as they live the life of a 
Christian. Zwingli, on the other hand held that 
all inhabitants should be members of the church 
as heretofore and since an exclusive national 
church could be maintained by the strong arm of 
the state alone, that church and state should be 
united. These were the principal points at issue 
between Zwingli and the Radicals. 

In the month of January, 1525, believers’ bap- 
tism was introduced through George Blaurock’s 
influence (who not improbably had become ac- 
quainted with Waldensian teaching) among the 
Radicals at Zurich. About Easter of the same 
year Hubmaier was baptized with about sixty 
others, by William Reublin, at Waldshut. Many 
others were baptized by Hubmaier, the water be- 
ing applied with a dipper. Feet-washing was also 
introduced. Hubmaier was elected minister of 
the newly organized congregation. 

In December of the same year the approach of 
the Austrian army compelled Hubmaier to flee 
from Waldshut. Threatened by persecution on 
every side, he decided to go to Zurich. He ar- 
rived in that city “a mortally sick man” and was 
cast into prison. Later he complained that Zwingli 
undertook to teach him another faith through th i 
henchman. And, sad to say, Hubmaier permitted 
himself to be “converted” by the henchman of 
Zurich. After all the sufferings which he was 
made to undergo for the principles in which he 
believed, he declared himself willing to recant. 
But when he was taken to the cathedral to read 
his recantation in public, he lifted up both hands 
to heaven, protesting that he had suffered much 
in his conscience during the night; it was an im- 
possibility for him to recant and to say that he 
did not believe in the principles in which he be- 
lieved. He proceeded to defend believers’ bap- 
tism. At once he was led hack into the prison. 
Somewhat later, after he had been cruelly tor- 
tured, he performed his recantation and was 
released. At the same time he wrote a little 
book in which he confessed his adherence to 
Anabaptist principles. 

From Zurich Hubmaier went to Nikolsburg in 
Moravia, Austria, where he arrived early in July, 
1526. Here he labored for about one year with 
remarkable success. The barons of Lichtenstein, 
Leonard and John, the rulers of the domain or 
which Nikolsburg was the principal town, appear 
to have fortneriy been under Hussite influence. 
They not only protected the Anabaptists, but 
themselves received believers’ baptism by Hub- 
maier. Aifldhg his co-laborers at Nikolsburg were 
Martin Gqjkipjtel, formerly Roman Catholic suff- 
ragan bisHl) of Olmuetz, John Spitalmaier and 
Oswald G]Hflt. The church at Nikolsburg pros- 
pered an<| the membership became very nu- 
merous. 

Much of Hubmaier’s time was given to literary 
work. Within about one year he published at 
Nikolsburg not less than eighteen small books. 

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49 


Young People’s De partment | 

The accident bulletin issued by the Interstate 
commerce commission for July, August and Sep- 
tember, 1907, shows a startling increase in the 
number of railroad casualties, the number for that 
period being 23.063, including 1,339 killed and 
21,724 injured, an increase of 157 killed and 3,066 
injured over thi corresponding period of 1906. 
The damage to roadway and equipment for that 
time amounted to *3, 605,696. Carelessness, dis 
obedience of orders and fast running are charge- 
able with the great majority of the accidents. 
How like the journey through life! 

* 

Down in Kentucky, where whisky and tobacco 
business has flourished side by side for many a 
year, the tobacco end of the business is being 
seriously disturbed these days. A league known 
as the “night riders,” representing the Tobacco 
Association, which aims at the maintenance of 
high prices by restricting the acreage of tobacco, 
has gone about the country burning down the 
tobacco barns and demolishing the property of 
those not belonging to the association. Hundreds 
of thousands of pounds of the weed have thus 
gone up in big smokes that would otherwise have 
found their way through the mouths of the weed- 
users and bruisers. 

(Continued from preceding page.) 

The noted printer Simprecht ■ Sorg, called 1 ro- 
schower of Zurich, an Anabaptist, who had taken 
refuge in Moravia, became his publisher. 

The Anabaptists were tolerated not only by 
the Lichtensteins, but by some of the Moravian 
nobles. They resembled the Moravian Brethren 
(Hussites) who were favorably known to the 
nobles. In the province of Moravia the authority 
of the king was at that time too feeble to compel 
the nobles to take a decided stand against the 
dissenters. But in July, 1527. King Ferdinand 
(of Austria) succeeded in having Hubmaier ap- 
prehended, and carried to Vienna. As formerly 
in Zurich, he was again subjected to the torture 
in the castle prison Greizenstein. The death 
sentence was pronounced upon him and he was 
burned March 10, 1528, as an arch-heretic. His 
last words were. “Jesus! Jesus!” His heroic wife 
had opportunity to encourage and cheer hint 
while in prison. Three days after his martyrdom 
she was executed by drowning in the Danube. 

In the Index of Prohibited Books (published by 
Pope Pius IV)), Hubmaier's name stands in 
fourth place, preceded only by Luther, Zwingli 
and Calvin. This doubtless was due to the fact 
that Hubmaier was the most gifted writer among 
the Anabaptists. His recent English biographer 
(Vedder) represents him as the Anabaptist leader. 
He was the leader of one party among the Ana- 
baptists, namely the "Schwertler,” as they were 
called in Moravia, the men of the sword, i. e. 
those who, with the barons of Lichtenstein, be- 
lieved it right for a Christian to take part in 
war. The other party were the Swiss Brethren, 
among them Grebel, Manz, Blaurock. Sattler, Hut, 
Wiedemann, Schiemer, Schlaffer and Marbeck 
were leaders. In Moravia this party was called 
“Staebler” (men of the staff, i. e. of non-resistance). 

When Hans Hut came to Nikolsburg in 1526 
he found the Anabaptists to sanction the use of 
the sword within the Christian church. He had 
a long discussion with Hubmaier in the castle 
of the Lichtensteins. In consequence of this 
debate several of the leading men in the church 
at Nikolsburg, among them Oswald Glaidt, ac- 
cepted the principle of non-resistance, uniting 
with the church represented by Hut. John Spital- 
maier remained on Hubmaier’s side and later 
became his successor. The “Schwertler.” how- 
ever. as a party among the Anabaptists, did not 
long outlive their first leader. It is worthy of 
notice that it was the principle of non-resistance 
which made a church of martyrs of the Ana- 
baptists. Had the great Anabaptist party believed 


In the use of the sword they would have endured 
persecution only as long as they were not strong 
enough to turn the sword against the persecutors. 
“Those who take the sword shall perish by the 
sword;” martyrs they are not. 

It is probable that immediately after he had 
received believers’ baptism, Hubmaier did not 
deviate from the general Anabaptist teaching on 
non-resistance*. We know that Jacob Gross of 
Waldshut, an Anabaptist leader, who had been 
baptized by him, adhered to this principle. And 
while in prison at Greizenstein Hubmaier appar 
ently was led to accept the same teaching. “In 
prison,” so an old Anabaptist chronicler informs 
us, “he remembered that he had unjustly opposed 
John Hut in a few points; he became convinced 
that he had yielded too much to the world In 
worldly liberties, in order to retain the use of the 
sword. He was moved to write to Nikolsburg to 
the church, but especially to his brother Martin 
(Goeschel) to discard what does not give a good 
light.” (Later we find Goeschel on the side rep 
resented by John Hut.) The chronicler adds that 
it was fcr this cause that Hubmaier was con- 
demned to death, intimating that there would 
have been hope for his release had he maintained 
his former position. “Thus he remained faithful 
to the extent of his light, especially as touching 
baptism and the Lord’s supper, on which his 
teaching was thorough.” As concents the subject 
of baptism it is indeed not believed that any 
writer after him excelled Hubmaier. His tracts 
on baptism ought to be re-published. 

Hubmaier, after some deviations and mistakes, 
died a martyr for the truth of the primitive gos- 
pel. His death was not in vain. To-day we reap 
the fruit of what the martyrs have sown with 
tears and blood. Let us ask God for their devo- 
tion and faithfulness. Says Hubmaier, "It is im- 
ixjssible to kill the divine truth and although she 
may (like her Author) for a long time be out 
raged, scourged, crowned with thorns, crucified 
and laid into the tomb, she will on the third day 
rise victoriously to reign and to triumph.” 
Birmingham, Ohio. 

SUBJECTS FOR TALKS OR ESSAYS. 

1. The religious world in Hubmaier’s time. 

2. A comparison of sixteenth century and twen 
tieth century conditions. 

3. What do our martyr forefathers teach us? 

4. The blessings and advantages of religious 
liberty. 

married. 

Hershberger— Troyer. — On Jan. 22, 1908. at * he 
home of the officiating minister, Bro. Josiah Hersh- 
berger of Holmes Co.. Ohio, and Sister Sadie 
Troyer of Lagrange Co., Imi., were united in the 
holy bonds of matrimony by Y. C. Miller. 

Lit wilier — Good. — On Jan. 19, 1908. by Bish J- 
C. Birky, near Hopedale, III., Bro. John Litwillet 
and Sister Phoebe Good. 

DEATHS. 

Miller.— Stephen Miller was born in Holmes Co.. 
Ohio. July 12. 1839; died at his home near Mtddle- 
bury. Iud., Jan. 10, 1908. of paralysis; aged 68 Y„ 
5 M 28 D. He came with his parents from Ohio 
at tiie~age of twelve. In early manhood he united 
with the Amish Mennonite church, of which he 
was a faithful member at the time of his death. 
On Mav 5, 1863, he was united in marriage to 
Elizabeth Troyer, who survives him with two 
daughters, five grandchildren, four brothers anil 
I wo sisters. While his death was sudden and 
unexpected, to many, we believe it was not un- 
expected to him; for when he was apparently 
well he remarked to his friends that he would not 
be on earth very long any more. Now while his 
place is vacant and his voice is silent, may his 
virtues be remembered and may there be peace 
to his ashes. Burial services were held at the 
Clinton Amish M. H. Jan. 13 by Jonathan Kurtz in 
German from Phil. 1:23 and Silas Yoder in Eng 
lish from 1 Kings 20:1. T 

Zehr.— Christian Zehr was born in Lotringen, 
France, on March 6. 1835; died Dec. 14. 1907; 
aged 72 Y 9 M.. 8 D. He was united in marriage 
with Catherina Roth, Jan. 31. 1861. To this union 
were born thirteen children, six sons and seven 
daughters, He leaves his wife, four sons, two 


daughters, thirteen grandchildren and four great- 
grandchildren; also five brothers and three sis- 
ters. Two sous and five daughters preceded him 
to the spirit world. 

Yoder.— Dorotha Ray Yoder was born Nov. a, 

1905 and died at the home of her parents near 
Kalona. Iowa, Jan. 8. 1908; aged 2 Y.. 2 M 3 D. 

She leaves father, mother and one brother to 
mourn her death. She was a granddaughter of 
Bro and Sister Yost Yoder of near Nappanee, Ind 
Mowrer.— On Jan. 26, 1908, in Lancaster. Pa.. 
Mary Ellen, wife of Alfred Mowrer, in her fiftieth 
year from tuberculosis. She was a member of the 
Mennonite church and is survived by her hus- 
band, one son and six daughters. Funeral on the 
29th. Interment at the Laurel Hill cemetery. 

Martin.— On Jan. 28, 1908. near Reldenbach s 
Store. Lancaster Co.. Pa., of pneumonia. Moses 
Martin, aged 70 years. He was a member of the 
Mennonite church Survived by his wife and five 
children. He was buried at Isaac Martin’s private 
burying-ground. 

Hug.— Charles, son of George and 'Lena Hug. 
was born in the city of Elkhart, Ind., Sept. 12, 
1882. He lived in Elkhart with his parents until 
about two years ago, since which time he has had 
his home in South Bend, Ind. Not feeling well 
for a week or more, he returned home on Sunday 
evening. Jan. 26. Feeling quite ill, he rapidly 
grew worse, suffering greatly with nausea and 
general weakness until Tuesday afternoon when 
he was suddenly stricken with apoplexy and 
passed away at 3:55 o’clock, Jan. 28; aged 2o Y.. 

4 M 16 D. He died just four months after the 
decease of his father. There seemed a series of 
afflictions to have come upon the family. 1 he 
lather died Sept. 26, 1907; a little later Sister 
Hug’s brother’s wife in Germany died suddenly 
in her home without any warning; a little later 
Sister Hug’s house caught fire and was partly 
consumed with considerable of the contents; sev- 
eral weeks later her brother Henry died in Texas, 
and now four months to the day the youngest son 
Charles was taken away so very unexpectedly in 
carl v manhood. Surely, in the midst of life we 
are ‘ in death. He leaves a deeply sorrowing 
mother three brothers and two sisters to mourn 
his early death. Funeral services were held at 
the home on the 30th by George Lambert and 
John F. Funk. Interment at Grace Lawn cem- 
etry. Funeral was largely attended. 

Yoder— Levi J. Yoder died of consumption, Jan. 

27. 1908; aged 56 Y„ 3 M., 3 D. He leaves a sor- 
rowing widow, four sons and four daughters to 
mourn his departure. Funeral was held on the 
30th at the Shore M. H. Services conducted by 
Josiah J. Miller, from Matt. 25:31, 32. and by V 
C Miller, front John 16:33, last clause. A large 
assembly of friends and relatives were present. 

FINANCIAL REPORT 

Of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities 
for the Month of December, 1907. 

RECEIVED. 

Chicago Mission. — Mt. Pleasant S. S.. \ a.. $4.90. 

A H Miller and wife, $5: Central Dist. Cong.. 
Rockingham Co.. Va„ $48; a Friend Wellsvtlle, 
Kan.. $1: John Nafziger. $5; interest. $4.15; A. K 
Miller, $1. Total, $69.05. 

India Mission. — Pleasant Hill (Ohio) Bible 
Conf.. $18.90: Mt. Pleasant S. S.. Va„ $11. b9; 

Bro. and Sister Wm. Eddleman, $5; Baden Cong.. 

— N — Dak — $3.39 ' — Hown e S. S., Mich., $15.02-; — Anna — 

M. Augspurger. $5; Morrison Cove Dist., Pa $12: 
Liberty Cong., la.. $4.65; Bro. Grieser. Neb.. $1: 
Blooming Glen Cong., $46; Pea Ridge Cong . Mo., 
$1.25; Oak Grove Cong.. Ohio, $28.75; Eliza Betz- 
ner. $10; John Nafziger, $5; Rolfe Cong. la., 
$19.50: Baden Cong., N. Dak., $5.41; Lower Dist.. 
Rockingham Co., Va., $88.75; Mollie Grady, 
from Elkton. Mich., $9.65; Salem Cong.. Ind.. $10; 
Palmyra S. S.. Mo., $2.00; A. H. Miller and wife. 
$5; S. P. Swartzentruber, $10; J. G. Stauffer, $5; 
West Fairview A. M. Bible Conf.. Neb., $22 . Id; 
from Middlebury Cong.. Ind., $11.77; from Souder- 
ton Pa.. $24.69; R. E. Zook. $5: Fairview Bible 
Reading. Mich.. $2.47: Fulton Co. (Ohio) St S„ 
$46.14: Scottdale Cong., Pa.. $36.85; 5V . b. Heat 
wole. $10; John Anion. $1. Total, $484.08. 

India Orphans.— Mt. Pisgah Cong.. Mo $23.71; 
Wm. M. Rosenberger. $15; Dan. J. Miller. $15; 

N. S. Hoover and family, $15: S. E. Allgyer, $7.50: 

S. L. Warye, $7.50; Cnllom S. S., 111., $10; Lillie 
Minnich and Katie F. Heatwole. $15; M. M. Buch. 
$5r1tfo. and la. Conf. $3.50. Total. $1 17.21. 

Fort Wayne Mission. — Salem Cong.. Ind., $16. 
Goshen Cong.. Ind., $1?’ A. H. Miller and wife. 
$2 50: A. R. Miller, $1; Clinton A. M. Cong., Xmas 
services, $8.50; Clinton A. M. Cong., personal for 
workers. $4.21; W. S. Heatwole, $15. Total. $43.21. 

Kansas City Mission.— A. H. Miller and wife. 
$2.50; John Nafziger, $5. Total, $7.50. 

Old People’s Home.— Freeport Cong.. 111., $9.50; 
Sugar Creek Cong.. Ia., $25.50; John Nafziger, $»; 

S. S. Garber. $1.80. Total. $41.80. 

Orphans’ Home. — John Nafziger, $5: Suavely 
Estate, $600. Total. $605.00. 


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Thursday, February 6, 1908. 

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Subscription Price 

The Herald of Truth, one dollar per year; Rund- 
schau und Herold, one dollar a year. Both papers 
to one address, $1.60 a year. Herald of Truth and 
Words of Cheer to one address, $1.36 a year. 

General Fund.— Central Dist. Cong., Rocking- 
ham Co., Va„ $12; a Bro., Sugar Creek, Ohio, $5; 
Fairview Bible Reading, $2.66. Total, $19.66. 

La Junta Sanitarium. — A. H. Miller and wife, 
$5; a Bro. and Sister, Fort Wayne, Ind., $6.75; 
Elizabeth Yoder, $1.50; Yellow Creek Cong., Ind., 
$55.11. Total, $67.36. 

South America. — Volunteer Band, Goshen Col- 
lege, $2.00. 

Armenia.— A Friend, $1; J. C. Augsperger, $1; 

S. P. Swartzendruber, $12; Mrs. Magdalene Miller, 
$5; Anna M. Augspurger, $5. Total, $24.00. 

For R. R. Ebersole (Med. Miss.)— J. S. Shoe- 
maker, $10.50; Aaron Loucks, $10; a Bro.. $10; 
Daniel Burkhard, $10; D. D. Miller, $10. Total, 
$50.50. 

EASTERN TREASURER. 

H. S. Musselman, New Holland, Pa. 

India Mission. — Hershey Cong., $35.30; Old 
Road Cong.. $5; Strasburg and Brick Cong., 
$57.65; Delamare Cong., $10; Lancaster Cong., 
$61.55; Lancaster S. S., $27.09; East Petersburg 
Sewing Circle, $10; East Petersburg Cong. S. S., 
$27.50; Paradise Cong.. $15; Cash, 25c; Kraybill 
Cong., $27.60; Bossier’s Cong., $18.55; Kinzer's 
S. S., $15.88; Lititz Bible Class, $20; Honey Creek, 
Lititz and Hess Cong., $26.45; Souderton Cong., 
$30; a Friend, $1; Strasburg Cong., $7; Deep Run 
& Plumstead Congs., $15.50; Intercourse S. S., 
$30; Lauver’s Cong., $13.50; Ephrata Cong., 
$33.25; Metzler’s Cong., $21.75; Salunga & Landis- 
ville Congi. $21.75; Chestnut Hill Cong.. $7.80; 
Willow Street, $36; Stumptown and Mellinger 
Congs.. $55; “Manheim,” $28; Cross Road Cong.. 
$1.80; Redwell Cong., $8.13; New Danville Cong.. 
$109.55; Hanover Cong, and Bible Class, $30; 
Habecker's Cong., $50.60; Byerland Cong, and S. 
S„ $44; Gingrich’s S. S., $20; Lebanon Co. Cong., 
$18. Total, $940.50. 

For India Schools. — Mennonite S. S. Mission, 

$ 100 . 00 . 

Evangelizing. — Cash, $10.00. 

General Mission. — Hershey’s Cong., $23.06; Brb’s 
Cong., $11.30; Trustees, Kauffman Farm, $100. 
Total. $134.36. 

Welsh Mountain Mission. — Anna S. Hostetler, 

50c. 

Chicago Mission. — Anna S. Hostetler, 50c. 
Kansas City Mission. — Anna S. Hostetler, 50c. 
Fort Wayne Mission. — Anna S. Hostetler, 50c. 
Canton Mission. — Anna S. Hostetler, 50c. 
Orphans’ Home. — Anna S. Hostetler, 50c. 

Old People’s Home. — Anna S. Hostetler, 50c. 
Philadelphia Mission. — Anna S. Hostetler, 50c. 

WESTERN TREASURER. 

Jos. R. Stauffer, Milford, Neb. 

India Mission. — West Fairview Bible Conf., 

$22.15. 

Kansas City Mission. — Mary Ulrich, $5.00. 
General Fund. — Joe G. Roth, $5; V. L. Roth, $1. 

Total, $6.00. 

CANADIAN TREASURER. 

M. C. Cressman, Berlin, Out. 

India Mission. — Hagey’s Cong., $17.33; Biehn’s 
Cong., $37.25; Geiger’s Cong., $25.82; Carstairs 
Cong., $13; Mount View Cong., $30; Mrs. M. C. 
Cressman’s S. S. Class, $3.70; Blenheim S. S. 
Primary Class, $1.60. Total, $128.70. 

India Orphans. — Aaron Shantz, $15.00. 

LOCAL INSTITUTIONS. 

Chicago Mission. — A. H. Leaman, Supt., 145 W. 
18th St.— Emanuel Stahley, $2; Ira Buchwalter, 
$2 ; Norman Long's S. S. Class, $8; John Zook, $1; 
Pennsylvania Cong., Kan., $23.15; Mattie Bru 
baker, $5; Metamora S. S., 111., $5; N. Shertz and 
son, $7.50; Menno Gefig, $1; Va. Friends, $5; 

Urn. Nafziger. 111,. $5: Lena Conrad. $1; John 

Ropp, $100; Daniel Graber, la., $1; Lydia Oyer’s 
S. S. Class, 111., $2; Pejer Oyer, $2; two Sisters, 
$7; S. S. Class, Elmdale, Mich.. $4.45; a Sister, 
111., $5; J. B. Gingerich, 50c; a Mission Friend, 
$5; from Minn., $50; rents. $23; Bro. Hostetler, 
$2. Total, $267.60. 

Fort Wayne Mission. — J. M. Hartzler, Supt., 
1209 St. Mary's Avp. — Sister Burkholder, 50c; A. 
Culp, $1; Allensville Cong., Pa., $11; Friends. 
$1.95; a Bro:, $5; Friends, 90c; a Sister, Ia„ $1; 
Zion S. S., Ohio, $5. Total, $26.35. 

Kansas City Mission. — J. D. Charles. Supt., 200 
S. 7th St.— Daniel Horst, $1; Day Nursery, $3.65; 
Harmony S. S., 111., $18; Amos Neff, $2; East. 
Union, la., $18.10; Win. Taylor, $1; Newkirk, 


Okla., $3.03; S. English, la., $1.55; W. S. Gin- 
geiich, $2; Ida Kauffman, $1; Grandmother Her- 
shey, $5; Mrs. C. Ruvenacht, $5; S. E. Allgyer, 

$1; Abner Yoder, $1.50; David Eymen, $5; 
Ephraim Risser. $6; per Chris. Ohrendorf (Christ- 
mas dinner), $9.50; per J. G. Wenger (Christmas 
dinner), $19.50; per Elsie Byler (Christmas din 
ner), $15; Pennsylvania Cong., Kan., $23.15; per 
L. L. Beck, $2; Enos Miller, $1; P. J. Ernst, $2; 
per Abram Huber, $4; Mr. Curr, 20c; M. M. Buch, 

$2; per Anna B. Lit wilier, $5; Mr. Tanner, 50c; 
Unknown, 25c; W. M. Grove, $1.50. Total, $159.43. 

Canton Mission. — P. R. Lantz, Supt— Eva Yoder, 

$1; Pleasant Hill Cong., O., $18.90; Mrs. Beer, 
25c; Found, 42c; Peter Conrad, la., $1; Mrs. Peter 
Hartzler and daughter, 60c; Simon Greaser’s 
mother, $3.60; Solomon Hartzler, 50c. Total, $26.17. 

Otd People’s Home.— J. D. Mlninger, Supt., Mar- 
shall ville, Ohio.— Oak Grove Cong., Ohio, $18.93; 
Masontown (Pa.) Cong., $1; Souderton (Pa.) 
Cong., $25; M. Lehr Estate, $213.86; labor, $8.40; 

Y. Books, $2.80; Local Board of Trustees, $521.56. 
Total, $791.55. 

Orphans’ Home. — A. Metzler, Supt., West Lib- 
erty, Ohio. — Benoni Stemen, $6; George Stemen, 
50c; Florence Ashby, $8; Mary Kelley, $11; Oak 
Grove Cong., Champaign Co., Ohio, $10.08; C. 
Short, $2; M. C. Smucker, $1; E. Miranda, $2; 
Masontown (Pa.) S. S., $1; Milnor (Pa.) Singing 
Class, $2.10; Gillie Runkle, $8; Nellie Scott, $16; 
Nancy Hayes, $5; Obed Miller, $1.50; Ezra Yoder, 
$1; Minnie Rupp and friend, $1; Sarah Smith’s 
S. S. Class, $2; P. E. Brunk, $2; Fannie Zook, $4; 
Sister, Beaver Dam, Ohio, $1 ; Auditor Mercer Co., 
O.. $26; Chapel Cong., Ohio, $17.75; Noah Thut, 
$2. Total, $130.93. 

La Junta Sanitarium. — J. M. Hershey, Sec. — 
Roanoke Cong., 111., $53.50; Aaron Harnlsh, $10; 
Wood River Cong.. Neb., $6; Geo. and Henry 
Cooprider, $1.04; Amos Gingerich, $25; A. C. 
Swart zentruber, $25; Eli D. Yoder, $10; J. G. 
Hartzler, $5; H. F, Goertz, $1; Gerhard Penner, 
50c; David Ummel, $1; Jacob Dircks, $4; Joseph 
Schrock and wife, $2.60; C. E. Hirschler, 50c; per 
J. M. Nunemaker, $200; Berlin Cong., Ont., $54; 

A. W. Rhodes, $10; J. R. Swartz, $2.60; R. F. 
Swartz, $1; Abraham Swartz, $1; O. H. Burk- 
holder, $1; G. F. Holsinger, $1; J. F. Sparks, $1; 

J. W. Sparks. $1; J. W. Shank, $5; Sonnenberg 
Cong., Ohio, $206.75; S. H. Rhodes, $2.60; per D. 

S. Brunk, $105.20. Total, $737.19. 

American Mennonite Mission. — J. A. Ressler, 
Supt., Dhamtari, C. P., India. — (November Re- 
port.) — Doylestown (Pa.) S. S., $25; B. F. Hartz- 
ler, $30; J. K. Zook, $50; Government, for Schools, 
$58; Government, for Lepers, $52. Total. $215.00. 
PAID. 

Evangelizing, $14.30; general, $75.80; annuity, 
$56.25. 

Chicago Missions. — Home Mission, $91.37; Gos- 
pel Mission, $39.22; Hoyne Ave. Mission, $20.28; 
rent Gospel Mission, $125; rent Hoyne Ave. Mis- 
sion, $25.00. 

Fort Wayne Mission. — Improvements, $43.20; 
general, $26.93. 

Kansas City Mission. — Relief work, $33.20; im- 
provements, $17.80; general, $106; Christmas din- 
ner, $34.25. 

Canton Mission.— Rent, $9; charity, $9.45; gen- 
eral, $3.88. 

Old People's Home. — Improvements, $898.25; 
general, $331.89. 

Orphans’ Home. — Improvements, $207.35; gen- 
eral, $36.33. 

India Missions. — Sundarganj, $527; Rudri, $527, 
Balodgahan, $268; general, $80. 

Total receipts, $5,251.30; total expenses, $3,686.75. 

G. L. BENDER, Gen. Treas., 

Elkhart, Ind. 

P. S. — Sanitarium expenses are not reported, as 
the institution is not running, buildings only be- 
ing under construction. Any omission or errors 
will be gladly corrected if reported to Gen. Treas. 

Contributions Received by the Mennonite Pub. Co. 

Catharine Culp, Dobbin, W. Va., for India Mis- 
sion, $1. 

A Sister in Ohio, for Sanitarium, $5; for Or- 
phans’ Home, $5; for India Mission, $5; for Can 
ton Mission, $5; for Chicago Mission, $5. Total, 
$25.00. 

• J. R. Wenger, Noble, Iowa, for India Mission, $5. 
A Friend, for India Mission, $7.90. 

B. B. Leaman, for mission where most needed, $1 . 
Boyertown and Herford Men. congregations, per 
Enos S. Gehman, for India Mission, $50.75. 

Mrs. Amos Wyse and mother, Archbold, O., for 
the famine in Turkey (Rose Lambert), $10.00. 

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of a capable, middle-aged woman to act in this 
capacity, by applying at 204 South Prairie St., 
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stated the price as 40 cents, it should have been 
25 cents. This excellent little book will be senl 
prepaid to any address for 25 cents. 

* 

That the “Rundschau,” our German paper, Is 
well represented in Canada may be gathered from 
the fact that il is sent to 119 Canadian post- 
offices. The Herald goes to ninety-three and the 
Words of Cheer to thirty-eight offices in Canada. 

* 

The letter written for the Herald a few weeks 
ago by H. C. Bartel from China, where Bro. 
Bartel is engaged in missionary work, has inter- 
ested many in the work in that far-off land. A 
short lime ago $203.50 was sent from here to 
Bro. Bartel for the support of the work there. 

* 

In the Alexanderwohl congregation near Hills 
boro, Kansas, there are at present thirty-two 
young people receiving instruction in the prin 
ciples of faith. This congregation recently losi 
their beloved bishop. Peter Balzer, as noted At 1 
the Herald two weeks ago. Pre. H. Baumann 
succeeds him. 

* 

Some of our brethren in Russia who live in 
districts where crops have failed would like to 
come to America, but they are unable to come 
for lack of means. The sister churches in Russia 
and America are supporting many families. Fifty 
roubles were sent to Orenburg^ Russia, from 
here two weeks ago for a brother with a family 
who has become entirely destitute. 

* 

Sunday School Supplies. — We keep a full line 
of Sunday school supplies, "Lesson Helps." Sun- 
day school papers in English and German, wall 
charts for smaller children, reward cards and 
books, tickets, class books and everything needed 
in well-equipped Sunday schools. Send your or 
ders; they will receive prompt and careful atten- 
tion. Our purpose is to please and satisfy our 
customers. 

♦ 

Self-Righteousness. — Often people become so 
wrapped up in their own righteousness that they 
can no longer see their own faults, nor the 
^wrongs they do. and are greatly offe nded when 
any one assumes to tell them of their mistakes 
or reprove them. "Having eyes, they see not 
and ears, they hear not; neither do they under- 
stand with their hearts.” May God ever preserve 
us from this condition of mind and heart. 

* 

Better Than Ever. — Our Sunday School Lesson 
Helps for the second quarter are well on the way 
and will he out in due lime. The lessons are 
being prepared by Hish. S. F. Coffman, who is an 


able Bible student and his work is appreciated 
far and wide. If you have not had the oppor- 
tunity to examine these “Lesson Helps." send for 
a f r< e sample, and we feel sure that an unbiased 
examination will convince you that they are just 
what both teachers and pupils need in our Menno- 
nite Sunday schools. Send for sample copies, 
and if you like them use your influence to have 
them introduced in your schools. 

* 

We desire to call especial attention to the re- 
port of the Lancaster County Sunday School Mis- 
sion Meeting. Many excellent and timely thoughts 
were presented as shown in the report. Let 
everybody give it a careful reading. These 
thoughts were not only timely, hut eminently 
practical. The Lord bless them to our every 
good. The entire work of the meeting manifests 
practical, earnest Christian work, and that is 
what is so much needed in these days of formality 
and overmuch theory. Theory is good, hut unless 
it is made practical to the glory of God and the 
upbuilt Jug of the kingdom on practical gospel 
lines it is a vain thing. 

* 

It is said that Judge Austin of Toledo, Ohio, 
sentenced himself for one day in the Toledo 
workhouse to investigate conditions. He nearly 
bad his hands and feet frozen while helping to 
cut ice. When released he said. "This enforced 
silence is enough to drive a man insane. I know 
that hereafter my sentences will be more than 
ever tempered with mercy." Is not the mercy 
of God so great because "he knoweth our frame" 
and "remerobereth that we are but dust"? And 
Jesus who Voluntarily took upon himself the form 
of man and lived among men. and was in all 
points “tempted like as we are, yet without 
sin.” knows what human life is. and knowing it 
he intercedes for its at the throne if eternal 
justice. Perhaps, too. if we always knew or even 
tried to know the trials and temptations, weak- 
nesses and failings, the bitter disappointments, 
ttars and sorrows of our fellow-men, we would 
not be so ready or so stern in our judgments of 

; j M -m. perhaps- if w could- put ourselves. in their 

place as did the Toledo judge, we would learn 
some valuable -lessons. 

* 

Many of the churches in this country have 
opened the door for worldliness so wide and so 
long that if there were any truth in the argument 
defending such action, tlure would surely be 
ample evidence of it. On the other hand, how- 
ever. these churches have been losing ground in 
the race with the theater, the lodge, etc., for 
popular favor and patronage. A degenerate pub- 
lie will go where its degenerate cravings are 
most nearly satisfied and in this the theater 
always keeps ahead of the church. What an aw 
fnl picture it is of a church racing anil aping 
after the world and its ungodly ways in the hope 
of interesting the world with rival attractions! 
Not rival but revival effort is the business of 1 lie 
church. If the theater going, lodge-bedecked, ball 
room-patronizing church members were dropped 
from the rolls of the church books in this country 
it would make a tremendous reduction in the 
religious census of this country, but it would 
place the church of Jesus Christ upon a gospel 
plane mid save it from the ignominy that rests 
upon il to-day. and help to save it from (he fate 
that threatens its future. The church is to repre- 


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sent Jesus and his gospel, but the church is put- 
ting him and his gospel to open shame. 

+ 

Special Attention. — We desire to call the atten 
tion of all our readers to our “Clearing Sale” of 
hooks. During the past week we have sent to 
many of our subscribers and to all of our minis- 
ters, as far as we were able to obtain their names 
and addresses, a new list of books, mostly our 
own, publications, all of which we offer at reduced 
rates, some of them as much as fifty per cent. 
Of many of these books we have considerable 
quantities on hand and as we desire to reduce 
our stock we take this method, by which our 
friends and patrons will be able to get good and 
suitable hooks at very reasonable prices, and we 
will be helped in reducing our stock and turning it 
into money, thereby enabling us to meet the 
cbligations and demands of our extensive business. 

In ibis way we help our patrons and they will 
help its. We ask our friends and especially our 
ministers to make this offer known to their neigh 
I 11 rs end friends. We especially ask our ministers 
to make these excellent offers known to their 
congregations. These books are for the most 
part our Mennonite church books; the books that 
our people need and that they ought to have. 
Some ef them are being rapidly closed out and 
probably will never he printed again, and this 
will therefore be the last opportunity to secure 
a copy of these valuable hooks. This will be the 
ease with the German Martyrs' Mirror, which is 
now virtually sold out; also with the English 
Martyrs’ Mirror, of which there is still a con- 
siderable number on hand; also with the Com- 
plete Works of Menno Simon, both English and 
German, and a number cf others. We have al- 
ready received many orders and hope to receive 
n any njore for the different books on the list. 
Kindly examine the list sent you and if you find 
among them such hooks as you think you would 
like, or that will be a help to you in your Chris- 
tian life and your church and Sunday school work, 
we shall greatly appreciate your order for such 
books, if you have not received a catalogue, send 
ns your name and address and one will be sem 
lo yon free of charge. Address all orders. 

Mennonite Publishing Co.. Elkhart. Ind. 

PERSONAL MENTION. 

Pre. Eli Miller of Newton Co.. Ind.. expects to 
move lo Ambrson Co., Kan., in the spring. 

Pre. J. P. Bontrager of Oregon is on a visit to 
t lie churches in California, doing evangelistic 
work. 

Pre. Eli S. Beachy of Garnett Co.. Kan., has 
had a severe attack of pneumonia recently, but 
is recovering. 

Bro. Y. C. Miller recently visited friends in 
Allen Co.. Ohio. On the return trip he visited 
the Mennonite Mission at Fort Wayne. 

Bro. Jacob Gerig of Smiihville. Ohio, is holding” 
a series of meetings with the A. M. congregation 
in Nappanee. ind. He commenced a week ago. 

Bish. Peter Nagler of Daviess Co.. Ind., has 
been visiting the A. M congregation and preached 
in the Southwestern congregation in Moultri- 
Co.. III. 

Bro. A. J. Hostettler of Middlebiirv. Ind.. filled 
me regular appointment at Etuina, Ind . on Sun- 



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day, Jail. 19. and also preached there in the 
evening. 

Pre. Valentine Gerber of Wilmont, Nobles Co.. 

Minn., has been spending some time in Canada 
and preached in the congregation near Tabistock, M 
Out., on Jan. 26. 

Bro. David Burkholder or Nappanee, Ind.. has tt 
been suffering for some time with ill health, but 
is now again improving. We hope he may soon n 
be fully restored. 

Bro. Jacob K. Bixler of Wakarusa. Ind.. who 
was to assist in the funeral services of Bro. Jonas 
Mullet on Friday of last week, was not able to ^ 
do so on account of ill health. w 

Bro. Henry Culp of near Nappanee. Ind.. fell n 
on the ice last week and received serious tnjur> ( 

of ,he head, from which he suffered a good deal ( 

of inconvenience for several days. j 

Bro. J. F. Funk went to Nappanee. Ind., on the f 
7th, to assist in the funeral services of Bro. Jonas , 
Mullet. These services were conducted mostly , 
in German and were largely attended. , 

Bro. David Mullet of Ashtabula Co. and Bro. , 
Joseph Mullet of Madison Co., Ohio, brothers of 
Jonas Mullet, came to Nappanee. Ind.. to atten< 
the funeral of their brother on Friday of last 
week. 

Bro. D. J. Johns, while attending the Bible con 
ference near Belleville. Pa., received a message 
from Fulton Co.. Ohio, informing him of the 
serious illness of his father. He left there ai 
once to be with his father 

Bro. Samuel Kehr, of the Yellow Creek con 
gregation, Elkhart Co., Ind., who has been in 
feeble health for some time, quietly passed away 
on the 5th inst. and was buried on Sunday. An 
obituary notice will appear in next issue. 

Sister Catharine Swartley, widow of the late 
George Swartley. of the Line Lexington congrega 
lion in Bncks Co., Pa., is in feeble health. From 
n private letter we learn that a number of others 
in the same vicinity are suffering from various 
diseases. 

Pre. John S. Mast, of the Morgantown (Berks 
Co., Pa.) A. M. congregation, conducted the 
funeral services of Peter Naffziger. who died Jan. 

18. 1908, in his eighty second year near Baldwin. 
Md. Several other ministers also assisted in the 
funeral services. 

Bro. Michael Horst of Orrville. Wayne Co.. 
Ohio, writes us in a private letter that he and 
Sister Horst have been confined to their home for 
:,ver a month, and both have been suffering from 
la grippe and other complaints, but at presen’ 
wr i ting have improved. There is m uch sickness^ 
in the vicinity. God bless our aged brother and 
sister in theirNleclining years. 

Bro. Joseph G. Heisey of Elizabethtown. Pa. 
who has been sojourning in California for some 
four months, on his return from there stopped 
a , Elkhart on the 5th or February and made a. 
pleasant call at the Publishing House. He is a 
member of the Brethren church and the object or 
bis visit to California was lo airange for the 
establishing of a colony there. 

Bro J E. Hartzler of Chicago. 111., spent Sun 
.lay, Feb. 2. at Elkhart. In the forenoon lie 
preached an impressive sermon on the temptation 
„r Jesus, which was listened to with rapt 
attention. In the evening lie spoke on the “Moral 
Effect of the Ixxlge,” elc.. which was an able 
defense of f lic doctrine of the Mennonite church 
„„ anti-secrecy and the disagreement of modern 
secrecy with the spirit and teaching of the gospel 

Bro S F. Coffman of Vineland. Out., after 
completing his course of Bible lectures on the 
Obi Testament types and shadows, which were 
intensely interesting and edifying to all who 
beard them, consented lo remain another week 
ui Elkhart and conduct a series of gospel meet 
logs which continued every evening until Satur 
,lay. The meltings were well attended and his 
discourses were inspiring and encouraging to the 
saints as well as abounding with solemn warn- 


ings to the sinner. Bro. Coffman left Friday 
night for his home. His work was much appreci 
ated by the congregation here. 


Bro. John Kliewer, one of the earliest of our 
Mennonite brethren from Russia to settle in 
Nebraska, died at his home near Henderson on 
the 19th of January, aged 79 years. He was 
widely known here and in Russia, where for a 
number of years before coming to America he 
was the official representative of the church in 
the Alexanderwohl congregation. The first gen 
. ration of those who for conscience’ sake lett 
Russia more than a third of a century ago is last 
passing away. What they sacrificed there in the 
way of earthly possessions, they have for the 
most part far more than recovered here. May 
their children cherish the principles for wine 
the fathers were willing to make so many sacri- 
fices for their own sake and for the sake of their 
children. Many of those who remained in Russia 
have through the successive failures in crops in 
certain districts, lost far more than those did 
who took what little they could get for their 
property and came away. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

EVILS THREATENING THE CHURCH AND 
HOW TO COUNTERACT THEM. 

By S. G. Shetler. 


We now proceed lo some remedies for the many 

evils previously referred to. 

1. Teach the Teacher. — Paul says in 2 Tim. 

2:2, "The things that thou hast heard of me 
among many witnesses, the same commit thou to 
faithful men. who shall be able to teach others 

also.” . . 

We thus notice that Paul taught Timothy, who 

taught others. These faithful men then taught 
others, thus Paul’s teaching reached, at least, the 
fourth man. All the “pillars” (Gal. 1:9) should be 
earnestly engaged in teaching others, so that they 
may by good doctrine overcome these evils. 

2. More Sound Literature. — Thus far the books 
written by our brethren have given good satis 
faction. No book meets the approval of all. It 
is rather surprising to see in how many of out 
homes unsound literature, such as “Millennial 
Dawn” from Allegheny, and the Battle Creek 

tMich.) works are found. 

All our ablest writers should at once decide to 
help to overcome this evil by writing good books 
along various lines. 

Who will write a book for the farmers? Who 
for the women on housekeeping? Who on ped- 
agogy? Who on religious subjects? 

^And so pn every line where there is a demand. 
Then we hope to see the day in the near future 
when the combined forces of the writers in the 
church will support one strong paper on missions, 
one on education, one for the young people, one 
for the Sunday school, one for the general church 
work, and one on any other needed line. 

Each congregation should elect one of theii 
most active literary brethren to attend to the de- 
partment of literature. 

Then, too, follow the Bible record by consign- 
ing to the names all unsound literature (Acts 
19:19). 

3. Meet the Evil Before It Gets into the 
Church.— Let me cite' you to one great evil which 
has not been met until it robs the church of a 
member. It is the secret orders. We teach 
against them, of course, but only when among our 
own congregations. 

We should go out and meet the evil. Dozens 
of our members have been tried by secret orders 
and life insurance men. Have we tried to con- 
vince dozens of them that they are wrong? 

4. Sound Teaching on Doctrines Pressed by 

fanatics.— Wherever our churches have suffered 
on Bible teachings, it was on account of lack of 
sound teaching. 

Let ns notice a few instances. The Bible 


February 13, 

teaches sanctification. A certain congregation 
left this subject untouched. Later an extremist 
or really a fanatic came into the same community 
and very forcibly presented the subject of sancti- 
fication. At once some of the members search 1 -, 
the Bible and found sanctification among its 
teachings. Thus they permitted themselves to 
be unduly influenced, and to go entirely beyond 
the teachings of God’s word. The same has been 
true of many other subjects, such as baptism o 
the Holy Ghost, grace, praying for the sick, 
woman's sphere in the church, etc. 

5 . Rightly Dividing the Word. — An Attempt to 
convince the gainsayer, the skeptic, the scorner, 
etc., without a proper use of the Scriptures is a 
failure. The same is true of people who have 
been seeking an easy way to heaven by dropping 
some of the doctrines of God’s word. An attempt 
to convince such, but not rightly dividing the 
Word, simply weakens them in the faith upheld 
by the teacher, and strengthens them in their 
liberality. 

There was a day when such doctrines as de- 
votional covering were generally accepted and 
practiced. Since this has been discarded by 
many, it becomes necessary to do more teaching. 
An attempt to give a reason, but not rightly 
dividing the Word, does more harm than good. 

Just lately a woman from another church told 
me that we do not have the right color for the 
devotional covering. I told her that, the Bible 
does not mention the color. She at once turned 
to Ex. 26:31, “Thou shalt make a vail of blue, and 
purple, and scarlet.’’ I 11 her mind she was con- 
vinced that we were wrong. When asked to rea: 
a little farther, she changed her mind. I have 
heard of just as weak arguments in favor by 
some of our own people. I think the point under 

consideration is understood. 

Study the Word, and then rightly divide it. 
When this is done, the doctrines upheld bv our 
people cannot be withstood. To this a number 
of the active evaugelists would testify. By com- 
ing in contact with various classes of people, 
these precious principles of God’s word have 

been tried. 

Johnstown, Pa. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

A GREAT NEED. 

By J. J. Wenger. 

"Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil 
the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). 

Christ said. “These things I command you, tha 
ve love one another as I have loved you.’’ In this 
way we can bea r fruit and herein is our Father 
glorified, and “men shall know that ye are m> 
disciples.” . 

The love of Christ and his cause constrains me 
to write these few lines to my fellow-brethren 
I believe if the brethren would know the true 
situation, they would, I feel sure, respond freely 
to this Christian duty. Not only should we con 
sbler it a duty, but a blessed privilege we have of 
helping others. “God loveth a cheerful giver. 

The loud call for medical aid in the mission 
field should appeal to all. It seems to me that 
this is the greatest need of the present time, not 
only for the benefit of the natives, but for the mis- 
sionaries as well. No doubt, some who have lost 
iheir lives in the field might have been spared 
if they could have had medical aid. The natives 
also would have more confidence in what our 
workers teach them if they could be cured of 
their many bodily afflictions. 

The doctor filled with the Spirit of Christ would 
be in a position to do a great work for Christ 
and his kingdom. No doubt, we all agree that the 
need is a very important one, but some of us 
sadly realize that we do not possess the talent 
and are not equipped for the work, and for differ 
ent reasons many of 11 s are unable to go to th” 
foreign field. One thing which I wish to eni 
phasize is that we can all lend a helping hand, 
and many who have the means would much rather 


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pay another's way than to go themselves. When 
one is willing to go and has not the means, then 
those of us who have are in duty bound to help 
pay their way. Some are giving their lives for 
the cause and we ought to be willing to give of 
our means. We are so glad and thankful for two 
of our dear young brethren, R. R. Ebersole and 
C. D. Eash, who have expressed a willingness to 
lake the medical course and then give their time 
and abilities to this noble work in the foreign 
field. 

Now both of these dear brethren are almost 
without means (one an orphan boy) and are try- 
ing to work their way through school, which Is 
keeping them back just so long from the work in 
which they are so much needed; beside this, some 
of the present workers in the foreign field are 
tailing in health and are now greatly in need of 
medical aid. which will mean much to them and 
to the cause of Christ. 

Brethren, it seems to me we ought not to wait 
one day until we show our willingness to supply 
every dollar needed to give our volunteers the 
necessary equipment, especially those who take 
the medical course. Let us consider for a mo- 
ment how serious a question would present itself 
to us if we would consent to go to an unhealthy 
climate to labor where there .was no chance to 
reach medical aid. Now let 11 s think how con- 
veniently we are situated here at home. When 
we suffer pain we at once call the doctor and ge* 
relief. Let us prove our love by liberally helping 
tnose who go out to aid suffering humanity. We 
have good reason to believe that these two breth- 
ren are well worthy of our support, as is mani- 
fested by their plain Christian lives. 

All money entrusted for their education will be 
given in the form of an agreement and shall be 
held against them, should they fail to go to the 
foreign field. Those of us to whom God has en 
trusted means, let us consider this great need 
and give to this cause. “God loveth a cheerful 
giver." My prayer is that all who may read this 
‘will duly consider this need and lend a helping 
hand. 

Linville, Va. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

PLOCKHOY AND THE FIRST MENNONITE 
COLONY IN AMERICA. 

By C. H. Smith. 

Just when the first Mennonites came, to the 
New World is not definitely known. It is likely, 
however, that a few stragglers settled in what is 
now New York and Delaware soon after the first 
permanent settlements were made along the At- 
lantic coast. Frequent references are made in 
the coloniat records of New York to Dutch Ana- 
baptists in the New Netherlands soon after the 
Dutch gained a foothold in America. Some of 
these Anabaptists no doubt were Mennonites. 
The first printed mention of the latter, however, 
is found in a report on the religious conditions 
in the New Netherlands, made by a French Jesuit, 
Father Joques, who had visited in the region in 
1643. In a letter written the following year ho 
says regarding religious affairs in "Manhale 
Island: “No religion is publicly exercised but the 
Calvinist, and orders are to admit none but Cal- 
vinists, but this is not observed, for there are be 
side Calvinists in the colony, Catholics, English 
Puritans, Lutherans and Anabaptists here called 
.uenistes.” 

The next reference, so far as I have been able 
to And in the same documents, is in a report 
made in 1657 to Amsterdam regarding the settle- 
ments on Long Island. The report says: “Those 
at Gravesend are reported Mennonlsts; yea, they 
for the most part reject infant baptism, the Sab- 
bath. the office of preacher and teacher of God s 
word saying that through these come all sorts 
of contentions into the world. Whenever they 
meet together the one or the other reads some- 
thing for them.” _ 

This description does not fit the orthodox Men- 
nonite of either that day or this. Two explana- 


tions may be suggested to harmonize the seeming 
contradictory account. 

It is barely possible that the writer, who was 
a Dutchman, and thus was acquainted with the 
Dutch Mennonites, but perhaps knew nothing of 
the English Quakers, confused the two and thus 
considered these people mennonites when in real- 
ity they may have been Friends (Quakers). Their 
practices seem to have been nearer that of the 
Friends than of the main body of Mennonites, 
and we know that very soon after this Gravesend 
became a Quaker settlement. On the other hand 
we must remember that at this time there were 
sects of Mennonites some of which perhaps dif- 
fered very little in their religious practices from 
the early settlers of Gravesend. If these people 
were Mennonites, as the report says they were, 
then they perhaps belonged to the sect of Col- 
legiants who arose in Rhynsburg in 1619, and 
who, like the Friends, did not believe in a regular 
preacher. 

The first Mennonite settlement in America ol 
which we have definite knowledge is that made 
by Plockhoy and his small colony in what is now 
southeastern Delaware. Comelisz Pieter Plock 
hoy of Zierik Zee was a liberal minded Dutch 
communist and social reformer of his day. He 
was of Mennonite descent, and was perhaps him- 
self a member of one of the several sects of our 
faith. Of his early life we know little, but by 
1658 we find him in London addressing a letter 
to Cromwell in which he laid before the Lord 
Protector a scheme for the social and political 
reorganization of English society. England, it 
will be remembered, was at this time under the 
Commonwealth government, and at no period in 
her history has there 'been a greater diversity of 
opinions among Englishmen on social, religious 
and political questions than just at this time. 
Plockhoy therefore was only one of many who 
felt that they had a remedy for the ills of society. 

In the meantime, however, Cromwell had died 
before Plockhoy s letter reached him. whereupon 
the latter prepared a memorial to Parliament, 
which, together with his earlier letter and a pam- 
phlet in which he outlined his plans for reform, 
he sent to Parliament in 1659. At first his chief 
ambition seemed to be to harmonize the religious 
dissensions then prevalent in the church. In tin- 
letter to Cromwell he calls attention to the 
numerous sects. His plan for bringing these 
sects together is to have Cromwell establish, as 
an experiment, one church. All classes are to 
worship in a common hall, but worship is to be 
voluntary. Church and state are to be entirely 
separated, and there Is to be no tithing for the 
support of a regular ministry. The next. year, 
however, his communistic plans included a scheme 
for the alleviation of the hardships of The poor. 
The pamphlet referred to aoove contains in ihe 
ime page an epitome of his program. The full 
title reads: “A Way Propounded to make the 
Poor in these and other Nations Happy. By bring 
ing together a fit. suitable and well-qualified Peo- 
ple into one Household Government or Little 
Commonwealth, wherein every one may keep his 
Property and be employed in some Work or other 
as he shall be fit, without being oppressed. Being 
the Way not only to rid these and other Nations 
from idle, evil and disorderly Persons, but also 
from all such as have sought and found out man> 
Inventions, to live upon the Labor of others. 
Whereunto is also annexed an Invitation to this 
Society or Little Commonwealth. Psalm 42:1. 
Blessed is he that considereth the poor. etc. 

“Printed for the Author and sold at the Black 

Spread Eagle near the West End of Pauls, 1659. 

This scheme, it is seen, although co-operative, 
was not entirely communistic, for those who en 
tered the society were not bound to hold their 
property in common. The little trial or sample 
commonwealth which Plockhoy hoped to establish 
was to be composed of four classes or men— hus 
bandmen. handicraftsmen, mariners, and masters 
of arts and sciences. Until the society became 
firmly established unmarried persons were to be 


preferred. All were to live together in houses 
large enough to accommodate twenty or thirtj 
families. Simplicity and economy were to be 
practiced in every detail of daily living. The 
women were to make their apparel without un- 
necessary trimming. “Apparel should be fined 
for the body and convenient for the work, with- 
out being dyed to the fashions, colors, or stuffs, 
only the unnecessary trimmings to be forboni 
that God's creatures which he hath made be not 
misused." 

Education was to be provided for all. 

In religion the same spirit of equality and har- 
mony was to be encouraged as in other interests 
of life. There was to be one large hall for reli 
gious purposes. All sects were to be given free- 
dom of worship, but were encouraged to worship 
together. In worship the Holy Scriptures were to 
be read, and then each was to be free to express 
his own opinions on the passages read. “In 
spiritual things we acknowledge none but Christ 
for Head and Master, who of old hath appointed 
in his church, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pas 
tors and teachers. These, having through the 
Spirit of God brought forth and left behind them 
the writings in the New Testament, we own for 
Ambassadors, and iheir words (without any inter 
pretation from men) for our rule and plummet. 
Keeping in remembrance wuen we meet together 
that we must allow that liberty of speaking to 
others which we desire ourselves, without tying 
any one to our opinion, maintaining a firm friend- 
ship with such who have renounced all unreason- 
able things contrary to Scripture, without stum- 
bling at any differences which do not hinder love 
and piety * * * * We intend that we may bring 
the good people of all sects to unity, setting our 
meeting place open to all rational men. 

This, in brief, was to be the plan of government 
for a community which Plockhoy hoped with the 
aid of Parliament to establish somewhere in Eng 
land. At the end of the pamphlet is an invitation to 
all the poor and needy or others interested in 
forming such an association to co-operate with 
Plockhoy. His plan was to found the association 
in London. But later Bristol, and finally Ireland 
was chosen as the place where the experiment 
was to be tried. We do not find, however, that 
the scheme ever materialized. Parliament, whose 
aid he sought, had far more important work in 
hand at this lime, and Plockhoy soon left Isimlon 
again for Amsterdam, where he continued liis 
efforts to secure help to pul his theories into 
practice. Here he was finally successful. The 
city of Amsterdam being anxious at this time to 
secure colonists for her newly acquired territory 
along the Delaware river, promised Plockhoy 
financial aid and the privilege of establishing a 
colony of Mennonites on the Horekill. 

The Horekill or Hoornkill is the name of a 
small stream flowing into Delaware Bay near its 
southern extremity in what was then New Nether- 
lands, but now the slate of Delaware. The term, 
which originated from Hoorn in Holland, was ap- 
plied not only to the stream, but the entire sur 
rounding region, which was also sometimes called 
Swaanendael. The settlement at this place was 
one of the earliest made by the Dutch south of 
Manhattan Island. 

The first settlement in this region was made 
by DeVries, a Dutch explorer, in 1631. who built 
a fort called Oplandt near the stream The colony 
was soon destroyed, however, by Indians. Later 
unsuccessful attempts at colonization were also 
made by the West India Company and the city of 
Amsterdam, to whom the region had finally been 
sold. Amsterdam made strenuous efforts to popu- 
late her new colony. In 1656 300 Waldenses ha l 
been sent over. Invitations were also sent :o 
other persecuted sects of Europe to settle in th- 
New World. It was no doubt this eagerness for 
colonists that made it possible for Plockhoy to get 
financial aid and permission from the Burgomas- 
ters of Amsterdam to establish a colony of Menno 
nites here, based on his plan of social and eco- 
nomical equality. (To be continued.) 



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herald of truth 


February 13, 



TIDINGS from the CHURCH ill HOME AND ABROAD 


FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

India. — American Mennonite Mission, Dbamtari, 
C. P.. India. Stations: Sundarganj, Rudri, 

Leper Asylum, Balodgahan. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

Chicago. — Home Mission, 145 W. 18th Street, Chi 
cago, 111. A. H. Leaman, Supt. 

Chicago. — Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 
Ave. and 26th Street, Chicago, 111. 

Chicago. — Hoyne Avenue Mission, Cor. 33d Street 
and Hoyne Avenue. 

Toronto, Canada. — Home Mission, 481 King Street, 
E. Toronto. Samuel Honderich, Supt. 

Welsh Mountain. — Welsh Mountain Industrial Mis- 
sion. New Holland, Pa., R. F. D. No. 4. Noah 
H. Mack, Supt 

Philadelphia. — Mennonite Home Mission, Cor. Am- 
ber and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Ft. Wayne.— 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft Wayne, Ind. 
J. M. Hartzler, Supt. 

Lancaster.— 462 Rockland Street, Lancaster Pa. 
Canton.— Mission Home, 1934 East Eighth Street. 

Canton, Ohio. P. R. Lantz, Supt. 

Kansas City.— 200 S. Seventh St, Kansas City. 
Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. 

BENEVOLENT AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS. 
Orphans- Home.— West Liberty, Ohio. A. Metxler. 

Old People’s Home.— Marshallville, Ohio, R. F. D. 
J. D. Mininger, Supt. 

Old People’s Home. — Orevllle, Pa. A. K. Diener, 

La Junta Sanitarium. — La Junta, Colo. D. 8. 
Weaver, Supt 


Rosthern, Sask., Jan. 17, 1908—Peace be unto 
you. We wish to inform you that we are in rea- 
sonable health. * * * The Lord knows our end. 
and how long we may still remain in this world. 
Our sincere purpose is to be ready when ihe 
Lord conies. Pray for us. for the careless un- 
concern among the people is truly great, espe< i- 
ally among the young people. Some have already 
backslidden and no longer walk with Jesus. 
Others have been led away through the love of 
pleasure and are onl of the church. It is indeed 
sail. (Translated from the German.) COR. 

* * * 

The brotherhood at Rolirerstown. Lancaster < *» • 
Pa., enjoyed a season of refreshing through a 
continued meeting held in their house of worship, 
which was given out to continue every evening 
during last week. The ingathering of souls 
throughout Lancaster county during the present 
winter has been a work of much encouragement 
to all who have the prosperity of the church a; 
heart: — Cod grant - that many more may Uegath- 

ered Into his vineyard. 

* * * 

Concord, Tenn., Feb. 3, 1908.— We ro-organized 
our Mission Sunday school at Chestnut Grove 
on Jan. 12, 1908. The following officers were 
elected: H. J. Powell, superintendent; D. W. 

Good, assistant and chorister; Delia Yarnell. sec- 
retary and treasurer. 

On Saturday night, the 18th. we re-organized 
our Mission Bible school at Snyder. Bro. H. J 

Powell is superintendent. COR. 

* * * 

Columbus, Kan., Jan. 29, 1908—To .he Readers 
of the Herald:— Greeting in Jesus’ name. I d<- 
sire to say to you that I have made arrangements 
to settle a colony of Mennonile brethren in ihe 
Territory Tepio in Old Mexico. The parties who 
own The land have 300,000 acres in one body, welt 
watered with running streams crossing east and 
west to the coast. Eighty pir cent, of the land 
is very fertile and well adapted for farming pur 
poses. It has an abundance of rainfall for crops, 
is healthful and grows crops of all kinds vigor- 
ously— all kinds of crops that are raised in the 
northern slates, besides many tropical fruits grow 
and do well in this locality. It has good railroad 
facilities and more roads are being built. Taxes 
are low. II is a good fruit and vegetable country. 
There Is an abundance of fine timber, and blue 


grass grows here as abundantly as it does in 
central Kansas. It is also a good stock-raising 
country. 

The government promises the people peace and 
harmony and protection of property. The owners 
of the land have promised thirty-six sections to 
be reserved for a Mennonite settlement. When a 
sufficient number have settled on Ihe land the> 
promise to build a good meeting-house to wor- 
ship in. 

They will sell the land on easy terms to suit 
ihe poor man. On 160 acres a cash payment is 
required of $86.00, then the same amount every 
six months until the whole amount is paid. The 
unpaid amount runs at 5 per cent, interest. The 
one payment down and six deferred payments 
make the cost of the land $560.00. 

These interested in this kind of a proposition 
will please write me as soon as possible, so that 
1 may know how many want to purchase. This 
land will sell rapidly and probably raise in price, 
which I cannot prevent. This is certainly a good 
opportunity. There will be no taxes to pay until 
.he land is entirely paid for. The buyer gets a 
l K ,nd for title on his first payment and when all 
paid for gets his deed and an abstract. 

E. B. SHUPE, Agent, 
Columbus, Kansas. 

p g — The price of the land will be $3.75 per 
acre after March 1. 1908. Purchasers will kindly 
send in their orders at once. Any one desiring 
160 acres or more, will please write me for appli- 
cation blanks, which, after you have filled out, 
return to me. The first payment must accompany 
ihe application. 

• • * 

Strasburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 1, 1908. 
Dear Herald Readers:— We are thankful to God 
for the good work he has done in our midst 
through the influence and power of his Holy 
Spirit. Oh. how onr hearts were made to rejoice! 
The angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner 
that repenteih. and one soul is of more value 
than the whole world. Bro. J. Singer, assisted 
l, y several other ministers and the prayers of 
many of the people, commenced a series of meet- 
ings at the Strasburg M. H. on Jan. 12. and closed 
them on the 28th. with forty-five converts. But 
the work of these precious souls has only begun 
as it is not in the beginning, nor yet when our 
journey of life is half ended, that we are saved, 
but he that endureth to the end has promise of 
everlasting life. May the l^trd strengthen them 
and us that we by our walk and influence may 
be an encouragement to them and not a hindrance 
in the Christian life. Oh. that all who profess 
to be his children would seek the mind of spirit 
which was in Christ and say. "Lo. I come to do 

thy will. O C.od!” COR 

• * • 

Dalton. Ohio, Jan. 29, 1908.— I recently visited 
the Mennonite Mission at Canton, Ohio, and the 
question comes up in my mind, “Do we realize 
ihe responsibility resting upon us that we should 
not forget the congregation of the poor? 

The Lord God has prepared of his goodness for 
ihe |KK>r and Jesus at one time lifted up his eyes 
upon his disciples and said. "Blessed be ye poor, 
for yours is the kingdom of God." 

it is in deed a blessed privilege tor us that we 
can flee 10 Christ and find refuge in him and 
obtain tlie free grace of C.od and pardon and ac- 
ceptance. and thus become his faithful children, 
•ami if children, then heirs, heirs of God and 
joint-heirs with Christ: if so he that we suffer 
with him. that we may also he glorified together 
1 Rom. 8:17). 

"The administration of this service not only 
snpplieth the wants of the saints, but is abundant 
also by many thanksgivings unto God” (2 Cor. 
9:12). 


My visit to the mission at Canton, Ohio, gave 
me inward spiritual refreshing and strengthening 
of Ihe heart. 

Years ago the Mennonite church at Canton had 
about died out, but since the mission has been 
established there it has been revived, and besides 
the workers there have been also a number of 
members gathered in, and through the efforts of 
the workers and the influence and power of the 
Holy Ghost the mission gives out an influence 
which brings peace and comfort to many souls 
and makes the yoke of the workers easy and their 
burden, if indeed it is a burden, light. 

When I entered the meeting-house, to my sur- 
prise, I saw that it needed repairs very much 
indeed. I have taken up this subject concerning 
the repairing of the house of God, that ye might 
walk before the Lord in a way that is pleasing 
and acceptable before God, and that “ye might 
be fruitful in every good work and increasing in 
the knowledge of the Lord” (Col. 1:10). 

This is written that something might be gath- 
, red together for the purpose needed. This leaves 
me well and happy in the work. Pray for me. 

In His name, LIZZIE M. WENGER. 

* * * 

Dhamtari, C. P., India, Jan. 2, 1908. — To the 

Readers of the Herald of Truth:— Greeting in 
the name of Jesus, who so kindly cares for us at 
ail times, and has promised to protect and go 
with us on land and sea. We wish to inform you 
that, God willing, we will sail from Bombay for . 
Naples, Italy, on the 15th of February, on the 
S. S. D. Balduino. Leaving Naples March 5, we 
expect to arrive in New York about the 18th of 
March. Kindly remember us at a throne of grace 
that God may give us a safe journey. Yours for 
the Master’s cause, M. C. LAPP. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

REPORT 

Of the First Sunday School Meeting held at 
Ephrata, Pa., Jan. 25, 1908. 

Moderator, Noah H. Mack; secretaries, D. G. 
Denlinger and M. G. Weaver; choristers, Gideon 
Eberley and A. N. Wolf. 

The meeting was opened at 9:30 a. m. by Bro. 
Samuel Hess of Shiremanstown, Pa., by prayer 
and reading of Psa. 100. 

In Ihe absence of Bish. Benjamin Weaver, Bro. 
Noah H. Mack preached the first sermon from 
John 9:4. Subject, “Work.” 

Bro. I. B. Good then spoke on the subject of 
“Harmony of the Church and Sunday School.” 

Bro. John W- Weaver opened the subject of 
"Dangers Confronting the Sunday School, and how 
to meet them.” The subject was further dis- 
cussed by the brethren Mack , A. H, Hershey. 
Milton Wenger and B. G. Reist. 

Song service was held at noon for thirty min- 
utes and before the evening exercises for forty- 
five minutes, at which the choristers of the Sun- 
day schools of Ephrata, Metzler’s Groffsdale, 
Lititz, Hess’s, Stumptown, Millcrsville, Red Well. 
Welsh Mountain Mission and Weaverland led in 
singing. This was a good feature of the meeting. 

The afternoon services were opened by Bro. 
Chr. Strite of Maryland by reading Matt. 6:19-34. 

“How to Teach Non-Conformity in the Sunday 
School,” was the subject assigned to Bro. David 
M. Wenger, and Bro. Harry D. Charles spoke on 
“Singing” in Sunday school and church. 

“Ye are the salt of the earth,” was the text 
on which Bro. A. D. Wenger of Millersville, Pa- 
spoke, after which addresses were made by the 
brethren Christian Strite of Washington Co.. Md.. 
Samuel Hess of Cumberland Co., Pa., and Elmer 
Hess, a mission worker of Chicago. 

The evening service was opened by Bro. John 
Bucher, who read l Cor. 3 : 1 and led in prayer. 

“Sociability,” by Bro. David Moseman, was the 
first talk on the regular program for the evening, 
and "Let your light shine" was used as a text 
by Bro. Jacob H. Hershey, who turned the light 
of Ihe gospel on the Christian professor who fre- 
quents the places where strong drink is sold and 


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sometimes takes a drink of intoxicating liquor 
himself. 

After a few appropriate remarks by the mod 
1 rat or, the meeting was closed at 8:45 p. m. 

At the close of the afternoon service a sub- 
stantial collection was laid on the table, which 
will be used for current expenses and Sunday- 
school work. • 

This all-day meeting was the opening of a 
series of meeting which will continue for two 
weeks, to be conducted by Jacob H. Hershey of 
Lititz. 

The following thoughts were among the many 
given during the day: 

The Sunday school and church are an open door 
for a life of service and usefulness. Will we enter? 

We could feed the hungry poor and preach the 
gospel to many who are without Christ, with what 
we as a church waste on our appetites and for 
our personal gratification. 

God-gifted and prayerful marriages, rearing chil- 
dren to the honor and glory of God. are works for 
God which, though quietly done and seemingly 
unnoticed, are great breastworks for good which 
the enemy cannot assail. 

The word of God, the principles of the church 
and the teaching in our Sunday schools must 
harmonize, and the life and daily conduct of the 
Sunday school teacher must accord with the other 
three, if he would count for bringing a harmony 
between the heavenly host and the children under 
his care. 

Loyalty to the cause of Christ, devotion to the 
purity of Christian faith, and fellowship with 
those whose lives show forth a light for God 
and his word, solve to a great extent the way to 
avoid dangers for our Sunday schools. 

Vanity, one-man power, envy and self-esteem 
on the one hand, and discouragement and indiffer- 
ence on the other hand, should all be prayerfully 
avoided in our work among the children. 

Disobedience is a danger; harmony and sub- 
ordination should be our keynote. 

Be true and honest. 

Do not compromise with the world nor worldly 
people. 

Our lives must show a separation from the 
world by our talk, our company, our business 
methods and our dress. 

Our singing, to be effectual, must stir the souls 
of men and women and make a lasting impression 
upon the children. 

When we worship God, we think more of the 
words we utter and the thoughts we express than 
of music, time and accent. 

Sing with the spirit and the whole soul. 
Christian sociability counts for God in the home, 
in Sunday school and in the church as well as in 
— our every-day 4ife; — 

The Bible is its own dictionary and interpreter 
to such an extent that we cannot go wrong if we 
study it prayerfully. 

Right living will bring right teaching; right 
teaching means proper Influence; godly influence 
brings Christian character to a healthy growth. 

M. G. WEAVER. 

Spring Grove, Jan. 28, 1908. 


For the Herald of Truth 

MISSION MEETING REPORT. 

The quarterly meeting of ihe Mennonite Sunday- 
School Mission was held at Kinzer, l^ancaster Co.. 
Pa., on Jan. 22, 19US. 

The weather being fine, the attendance was 
large. The appointed speakers were alLpreseni 
and were earnest in lheir deliveries, the audience 
being attentive and the Holy Spirit present, which 
caused it to he an Interesting and instructive 
meeting. 

Devotional exercises were conducted by Bish. 
Isaac Eby. who read Acts 5. from verse 29 to 
Ihe end of the chapter. 

Moderator. Bro. Daniel Ferry. New Danville, i’a. 

The program was as follows: Sermon by Bish. 
Isaac Eby. from Matt. 10:16. latter clause. An 




HERALD OF TRUTH. 

address by Bro. Amos Charles, Rohrerstown, Pa., 
011 unity as an essential element in mission work. 

A missionary sermon by Bro. C. R. Strite, Hagers- 
town. Md. Address by Bro. J. H. Hershey, Lititz. 
Pa., on "When — Where.” Address by Bro. A. D. 
Wenger, Millersville, Pa., on “Using this World 
as not Abusing it.” 

Among the miscellaneous business was the 
election of Bro. Jacob H. Mellinger assistant super- 
intendent on the executive committee, to fill the 
vacancy caused by Bro. John R. Buckwalter and 
family moving to Palmyra, Mo. 

A vacancy iti the Welsh Mountain Mission 
Board, caused by the departure out. of this life 
of Bro. Jacob Lindeman, was filled in the person 
of Bro. Samuel O. Marlin. The remaining direc- 
tors were re-appointed. 

Bro. John K. Ranck, who 'reported for the audit- 
ing committee, told us that the Welsh Mountain 
Mission had received during Ihe year $7,033.07 anil 
paid $7,003.23. 

Bro. Ira L. Hershey, treasurer of the Sunday- 
School Mission, had received $909.26 and paid ou* 
$430.38. leaving a balance of $478.88, from which 
$125.00 was given to the India Mission and $275.00 
to the Melsh Mountain Mission. He also reported 
that Bro. S. H. Musselman, Eastern treasurer of 
the Mennonite Board of Missions anil Charities 
had received during the year and forwarded to 
the various causes for which it was given the 
sum of $3,998.64. Contributions, $191.82. 

I hereby append a few thoughts presented: 
When the Lord sent out his disciples he told 
them to he wise as serpents and harmless as 
doves, but not in their own conceit. 

Be sure of this, that your sins will find you out. 
To be successful in our Christian life and work 
we must have thoroughly repented and have a 
genuine conversion; be sincere, and have the 
Holy Spirit in our hearts. 

it takes courage to stand up for Christ at all 
times. 

Paul teaches us of Christian privileges, also of 
Christian duties. 

First step in unity is humility. Pride tends to 
contention; humility to love. Love is the under- 
lying seat of the Christian life. 

If the heart is right it will come to the surface. 
Man is his own architect and shapes his own 
destiny. 

Through carelessness or neglect of duty we 
may lead others into the wrong course. Our serv- 
ice to the Lord should he very delightful. 

It is not our mission to bring the whole world 
to Christ, but Christ to the whole world. 

The same One who said, “Lo!” also said, "I 
will be with you." 

Be in unity with those who go out to save souls. 
Opr cup is full: hut I a m afraid it will run onl 
in personal extravagance. 

The service of the Master is a life-long service; 
tie that looketh ligck is not fit for the kingdom. 
Our mission is largely the same as our Master’s. 
God’s work — three great realities: The salvation 
of the soul, a great High Priest, the great Shep- 
herd. 

These are the result of the resurrection of ihe 
dead. 

Those who put their whole life-work into it 
will be successful. 

Much work is done in the world where life is 
not in it. 

Christ gave his life for the world. John says. 
"\Ve ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” 
(1 John 3:16). 

Things necessary: A personal acquaintance of 
Christ and a personal knowledge of the Scriptures 
Then our understanding will he opened. 

We should be willing to spend and lie spent for 
the Master. 

Our work should he enlarged and spread out, be- 
cause of the many souls to be saved. We need 
10 ha\e onr anticipation of heaven enlarged. 

The idle man is very unfortunate, miserable, a 
mischief, sits in the marketplace, meddles with 
other people’s business, for no man has hired him 


Church idlers say, We have not heard it in 
this fashion. They do not want to hear it. Why? 
Because it means work. 

Bring your flowers to people while living; do 
not wait until they are dead. 

Every Christian man and woman should he in 
the work. Where? Right here upon the earth, 
Only three places — earth, heaven, hell. 

Whatever we do should be done to God's glory. 

Ways in which this world is abused: By over 
exerting this body to win temporal gain. By 

racing the horse upon the track. By making front 
our grains and fruits intoxicating drinks. By 

working on the Lord’s day. By spending that 
which rightly belongs to the Lord for luxuries, 
sweetmeats or dainties, thereby robbing God of 
that which is necessary to carry the bread of life 
unto the uttermost parts of the earth. By adorn- 
ing our children in the fashions of the world. 

I believe God looks down with displeasure upon 
many a Christian home. 

The drunkard on the street preaches the loudest 
sermon to the professor who loves his drink. 

HENRY HERSHEY. Sec. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

REPORT 

Of Bible and Missionary Conference held at the 
Berlin M. H., Berlin, Ont., Jan. 20-24, 1908. 

Moderator, Noah Stauffer; assistant moderator, 
Jacob S. Woollier; secretaries, D. Bergey and 
O. S. Koll). 

Bro. S. G. Shetler discussed the following sub- 
jects: The Lord’s Day; Perseverance; Sin; Scap“ 
goat; Relation of Ministry to Laity; Spurious In- 
vestments; Dress. Bid. M. S. Steiner treated the 
following topics: Peace; Evil Spirits; Self-denial; 
Relation of Laity to Ministry; Worldly Gather- 
ings; Judgment on Earth. 

These subjects concluded Ihe Bible conference 
part, lasting three and one-half days. The remain- 
ing one and a half days were taken up to discuss 
mission subjects as follows; Bro. Shetler — The 
Missionary Spirit of Christ; Opportunity (1 Cor. 
16:9); How does Christ's last command concern 
us? Bro.' Steiner — First Mennonite Mission; the 
Holy Spirit in Missions; How decide the call 
“to go”? 

The earnestness and thoroughness with which 
Ihe dear brethren discussed these topics should 
have made, and no doubt did make, a deep im- 
pression on ihe many brethren and sisters present 
lo hear them. 

The evening session of each day was devoted 
to a sermon preached by Bro. Shetler. reselling 
in quite a number confessing their Savior: 

D. BERGEY, 

- 0: 8 . KOL B; Se cr e tari e s. - 


It is said of the young king of Portugal, whose 
royal father and elder brother were instant iy 
I< tiled by anarchists at Oporio last week, that in 
speaking to his tutor of his mother he always 
called her “her majesty.” One day, however, he 
used the term "mother.” Then turning to the 
tutor he said. “I think 1 like the word ’mother’ 
best. I read Iasi night that the queen was lost 
in the wife, and the wife in the mother.” Does 
not every loyal, loving son love that sweet name 
better than any other title which "mother" may 
hold? Is it the true humanitarian instinct that 
places any title above that which appeals most 
strongly to our sense of relationship as human 
beings? Anil even in our every-day six-ial life 
when we forget that we are John or Arthur or 
Mary or Martha to one~another~ahiT subsiituie~ 
therefor the title Mr.. Mrs. or Miss, or even Prof . 
"Doc.” etc., we are losing hold of that "which 
hinds anil sweetens life." So also in our church 
relations the dearest name, “brother" or “sister, 
should not lie forgotten, for in it we continuall) 
recognize one another as those who have been 
brought into the family of Goil through the 
precious atonement of our elder Brother and 
Savior, Jesus Christ. 






HERALD OF* TUXJTEr. 


February 13, 


I YOUN G PEOPLE’S BIBLE-MEETING PAGE_ 

TOHC: HIGHER Fni HTI^ -^HAT IT IS Prov. 9 : M2. Sunday, February 23,1908 


THE LESSON MOTTO. 

To use the intelligence given me and to develop 
it to its highest usefulness for God is my most 
solemn duty in life as a follower of Jesus Christ. 

DAILY HEADINGS. 

February, 1908. 

17 M — Moses’ preparation. Lx. 2:3-10, Acts 1. 

21-30. , „ 

IS. t. —Daniel's preparation. Dan. 1:3-21. 

19. W.— Paul’s preparation. Acts 22:l-lo. 

•>o t — Timothy's preparation. 2 Tim. 3:14, 1 •> , 
2 Tim. 1:2-5; 1 Tim. 4:12-16. 

21. F. The learning of the ungodly. 2 Tint. 3:1-J- 

22 s. The source of true wisdom. John - , 

Eccl. 2:26; Jas. 1:5; 3:17. 

23, s. Higher Education — What it is. Prov. 9. 

1 - 12 .* 

, A PRAYER. 

<- A charge to keep I have, 

A God to glorify, 

A never-dying soul to save 
And fit it for the sky. 

* To serve the present age. 

My calling to fulfil. 

Oh, may it all my powers engage 
To do my Master's will. 

Arm me with jealous care. 

As in thy sight to live: 

And, oh, thy servant, Lord, prepare 
A strict account to give. 

Help me to watch and pray 
And on thyself rely. 

Assured if I my trust betray 
I shall forever die. 


A SPECIAL MESSAGE. 

When a true estimate is made of comparative 
values it will be found that the wealth contained 
in a well-trained mind and life cannot be bought 
for or substituted with money. .Inst now in our 
country, the average person has been “civilized" 
into believing that the dollar stands for real 
wealth and that it must decide a man's standing 
and usefulness, and the poor dollar is badly 
abused. It is chased after, persecuted, squeezed, 
and fought over until, if it could speak audibly, 
it would have a tale to tell that would startle 
this same “civilization." 

All human beings will obtain some kind of 

education, some more, some less, but all. some. 
We all learn to do something. Learning to do is 
education. The training of head, hand and hear' 
to act together to some purpose is education 
Higher education simply means the training of 
this triumvirate of human forces along more ad- 
vanced lines for the sole purpose of developing 
these forces for greater usefulness in life. The 
idea that higher education leads away from God 
is a mistake. It depends on other things. Train 
a godly young man and he will he more useful in 
1 he same or other lines of work. An ignorant 
villain may steal your dog; the educated villain 
may steal your daughter. Rut it is the villain 
all through. A man is not a villain or a thief be- 
cause he steals dog or daughter, but he steals 
because he is a thief or villain. Education has 
not made him a thief or a villain, but simply 
changed his base of operations or his ambitions 
in the thieving line. 

lint real education does more. Higher educa- 
tion is not only advanced knowledge or the do 
velopment from a common thief to a polished 
scoundrel, but it must include the development of 
1 lie higher faculties of the soul. The school that 
aims at mere intellectual development only will 
dwarf the soul in comparison or in proportion as 
the intellect is developed to the neglect of the 
soul. Head, heart and hand must be trained 
together. All other methods of education are 


out of date so far as God’s plans regarding man 
are concerned. To the true teacher it is of more 
importance that bis pupil have his name enrolled 
in the Lamb’s book of life than that he have his 
name in the list of B. A.'s. M. A.’s, LL. D.’s, etc.. 
without the title in God’s book. 

BIBLE HINTS. 

Prov. 9:1. Wisdom is an incomplete building 
when any one of the seven pillars or “senses" 
is lacking or neglected. The harmonious develop- 
ment of human faculties and functions and used 
to the glory of God makes man a truly marvellous 
and glorious being. Are you exercising care and 
judgment, prayer and noble effort in your build- 
ing? 

Prov. 9:2. A beautiful figure of the plenty, 
satisfaction and joy with which true wisdom pro- 
vides mankind, in the material but much more 
in the spiritual sense. 

Prov. 9:3. True wisdom is not selfish, it is 
missionary, charitable, helpful, democratic in its 
nature and purpose. See verses 4 and 5 and 
compare with the words of James: “If any of you 
lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who givetn 
liberally and upbraideth not.” 

Prov. 9:6. This and the following verses to 8 
show the difference between the wise and the 
foolish. Why do some people become angry when 
you reprove them for their actions . 

Prov. 9:9, 10. Here lies the difference between 
an educated man of selfish propensities and one 
of Christlike nature. The same things that serve 
to lift the godly man higher often serve to push 
the ungodly man lower down. Whom is the un- 
godly man to blame for this sad fact? 

Prov. 9:11- Here is one of the results of real 
education. A Christian with a proper mental 
training may not live more years than another 
man, but how much more does he put into the 
years of his life! He accomplishes more. His 
Uf e counts for so much more. And speaking in 
a natural sense, is it not the knowledge of God’s 
laws in all phases of life that is adding to human 
life and happiness to-day, while the reverse is 
true where ignorance and folly rule? Why and 
when were the days of man shortened? 

Prov. 9:12. While we are able to do others 
good or evil rts we YoHew the path of develop- 
ment and enlightenment or the path of moral 
degeneracy and human folly, yet the chief bless- 
ing or bane will come to the individual. Our life 
here will decide whether heaven or hell shall be 
our future home, and others cannot rob us of our 
pleasures in heaven or burden us with their woes 
! hell. And so far as this life is concerned, 

I which is the more enjoyable— a high plane of 
1 living where mind rules over matter according .0 
1 1 he divine decree and will as expressed in God's 

1 command to Adam (Gen. 1:*8). or a low plane 

1 that panders to the brute instincts and where 
, ignorance, supers! it it ion and all that goes with 
these hold sway? Which will you choose? 


SUBJECTS FOR TALKS OR ESSAYS. 

1. First requisites for a successful life. 

2. How does educatlon help? 

3. Who shall be my teachers? 

4. How far does God want us to advance? 

ITEMS. 


The rate war between transatlantic steamship 
companies for the past year has been ended by 
a meeting of the companies interested and the 
old prices for passage have been restored. 

The king of Portugal, while out for a ride with 
his family at Oporto, was attacked by a band of 


anarchists and he and the crown prince were 
killed. His second son, who was slightly wounded, 
succeeds him on the throne. The young king is 
only nineteen years of age. 

Two hundred masked “night riders” visited 
Dycusburg, Ky., early in the morning of the 4th 
inst. and burned Bennett’s tobacco warehouse and 
distillery. Loss about $40,000. When the Ken 
tucky “colonels” find themselves without whisky 
and tobacco for a year or more there will be less 
shooting, too. 

A fire in the “Loop District” of Chicago on the 
28th and 29th of January entailed a total loss of 
several millions. For the first time in many years 
a fire in one of the large business blocks of Chi- 
cago could not be confined to its original limits. 

The month of January, 1908, has a fire record 
in this country, of which the loss totals more 
than $20,000,000. 

Sir Harry McLean, a Scotchman, but for years 
the Caid or chief adviser to the Sultan of 
Morocco, was taken prisoner by the Moroccan 
bandit Raisuli last July, when he brought a peace 
offering from the sultan to the bandit, and held 
for ransom. The British government took a hand, 
and finally agreed to pay Raisuli $100,000 ransom, 
and McLean, who had been held a prisoner in a 
mountainous district, returned to Tangier last 
week. He had been well treated. 

Following the investigations into the causes of 
some of the railroad wrecks last year, a report 
was issued stating that in many cases the rails 
were too light for the engines used thereon, and 
that other cases showed that an inferior quality 
of steel was used in the rails. An improved form 
of rail has now been designed, of heavier section, 
and treated differently in rolling, making it 
stronger. It is estimated that a great amount of 
track will be rebuilt on many of the trunk lines. 

The “big ditch,” commonly referred to as the 
Panama canal, was, according to official estimates- 
figured to cost about $140,000,000, allowing ten 
years' time to complete the work. Later esti- 
mates, based upon a plan to finish the canal by 
1913, place the cost at from $250,000,000 to $500,- 
000,000. The latter figure, which is nkely to lie 
the more nearly correct, will mean a tax of about 
five dollars on every man, woman and child in 
" this country to pay for the canal- alone by the 
time the canal is finished. 

After fighting the flames on board their vessel 
in mid-ocean for two days, the remaining thirty- 
seven of the crew of the English steamer Cuth- 
bert, bound from Antwerp for New York, were 
saved by the passenger steamer Cymric on the 
3d of February in a fierce gale. Fourteen of the 
men on board, including the third officer and a 
stowaway, lost their lives. The vessel contained 
a cargo of fusel oil and matches. The heroism ot 
,he rescuing crew from the Cymric, is universally 
praised, for they risked their lives to save others. 

A citizen of Plumstead Twp., Bucks Co., Pa„ 
chose to go to jail for two days rather than pay 
a fine imposed upon him by the authorities for 
keeping his boy out of school. He is running a 
bakerv, ami the kind-hearted justice permitted 
him (to keep his business from suffering) to go 
home and put things in shape on the promise 
that he would return and serve out his sentence 
on Saturday and Sunday, on which days he was 
not needed in his business. His pluck, if not his 
) wisdom, is to be admired and in that respect he 
might be an example to some of our weak-kneed 
» church members, but we do not believe that the 
poor fellow has learned to appreciate the spirit 
1 of the fourth commandment when he devotes the 
f Lord’s day to such an ignoble and secular purpose 




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57 


Young People’s De partment 

What a calamity it would be for some of these 
"manly" boys if the “night riders” of Kentucky 
would burn all the tobacco and destroy all the 
whisky! 


The verdant correspondent from Petrovka, Rus- 
sia, who represented that many of the Russian 
Mennonites who came here from Russia would 
be glad to return to the fatherland if they had 
the means to do so, is receiving a goodly number 
of assurances that he missed the mark. Hit- 
article, from which excerpts appeared in these 
columns two weeks ago, is made to appear like 
a joke in which he is the victim. 

* 

The United Societies of Chicago, composed 
mostly of young people representing the various 
trades and professions, of which a large per- 
centage is foreign element, are determined to 
make a tremendous effort in favor of an open 
Sunday for Chicago, that is, that the saloons, 
gambling houses and all the vicious business 
accompanying these leper sixits of American in- 
dustry be kept open on Sunday. The saloon ele- 
ment recently published a report showing that 
if the saloons in this country were closed 4,000,000 
people would be deprived of a livelihood and that 
this would bring about the greatest panic the 
country has ever known. No doubt, there would 
be a panic among tne great majority of the mem- 
bers of the United Societies and other beer and 
whisky sots of the country. On the other hand, 
Arthur Burrage Farwell of Chicago, in replying 
to the report circulated by the saloon interests, 
snows that the people of Chicago spend $52,000,000 
a year in Chicago saloons or $1,000,000 a week. 

A compilation made by him is highly interesting. 
That money would buy: 

Flour, 200,000 barrels at $4.50 $ 900,000 

Groceries 2 ’ 500 '° 00 

Milk, 1,250,000 quarts at 8 cents 100,000 

Stoves, 200,000 at $20 4,000,000 

Coal, 500,000 tons at $8 2,000,000 

Wall paper 500 ' 0 °° 

Carpet, 500,000 yards at $1 500,000 

Furniture, 100.000 sets at $50 5,000,000 

Clothes, 200,000 suits at $10 2,000,000 

Overcoats, 200,000 at $10 2,000.000 

Hats, 200,000 at $3 600.000 

Shoes, 200,000 pairs at $3 600, 000 

Children’s shoes, 500,000 pairs at $1.50. 750,000 

Hose, 1,000,000 pairs at 25 cents 250.000 

Flannel, 500,000 yards at 50 cents 250,000 

Cotton goods, 5.000,000 yards at 10 cents 500,000 
Wagons to-deliver goods. 5.000 at $200 . 1,000,000 

Workingmen's houses, six rooms, bath, 

and all modern conveniences, 5,000 at 

$3,000 each 15,000.000 

“And after doing all these things." he said, "we 
would h.ave enough money left to pay the police 
department, $5,365,000. the fire department, $3, 
125,000, and the health department (instead of 
$600,000 as now) $1,000,000. And still WC would 
have left over $4,000,000 for the benefit of the 
public school fund or to create and maintain 
additional parks and pleasure grounds for tin- 
people. This list of goods could be bought not 
only this year, but every year.” 

* 

A few weeks ago there died a woman who not 
many years ago wielded a strong influence in the 
literary world or at least that part of the literary 
world that loves to burn midnight oil reading a 
certain kind of fiction. Her literary name was 
“Ouida.” For years the productions of her pen 
brought her affluence and high rank among cer 
tain classes in the world of literature. One story 
alone brought her $5,000. But she died in poverty. 
Her world, that read her books and clamored foi 
more; her publishers, who grew rich from the 
sale of her fiction; her friends, who posed as 
admirers, social worshipers and the like, forgot 
her, left her for other loves and sensation 


mongers. Only her maid remained faithful and 
kept her supplied with life's necessities to the 
end. For what had her life counted? Her lire 
work was a blow at the sacredness of family life, 
the sanctity of the marriage relation. Her views 
of life were perverted, distorted, unreal, degen- 
erating. She has gone, but the divorce evil and 
other social evils have been added to by her 
works. Pity that such people ever put their 
erotic impulses on paper. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

MEDICAL MISSIONARIES. 

The article by Bro. J. A. Ressler in the Herald 
not very long ago, calling attention to the urgent 
need of medical missionaries at our stations in 
the Central Provinces of India, should not be 
forgotten. Nor should Bro. Ressler's way of 
stating the situation or the relative needs be 
overlooked. He said that the medical missionary 
should be a missionary first, and, we suppose, 
last and all the time. That is. he should be a 
true missionary, with a physician s qualifications 
and training. The Bible and the medicine case 
should go together, the one supplying the needs 
of the diseased body, the other the needs of the 
soul. In fact, in the hands of the skillfully trained 
man of God, the means used for the healing of 
the body should naturally suggest to the patient 
the possibilities of the means at hand for the 
satisfying of the needs of the soul. 

The healing power has always been looked upon 
by all . classes of people, but especially by the de- 
graded, ignorant heathen, as being entitled to 
highest consideration and respect. Among the 
heathen this power, real or assumed, amounts to 
awe and worship. The “witch doctors" of the 
heathen have taken all possible advantage ot 
this fact, and exert a marvelous influence upon 
the ignorant, superstitious native mind. The 
witch doctor wields despotic authority, and this 
authority in the hands of a fanatic, degenerate 
or ambitious native does incalculable mischief. 
India and Africa stiff* r more perhaps from this 
class of “physicians” than any other nation or 
race in the world— unless it be America with its 
“patent" medicines. One of the chief difficulties 
of the medical missionary in many localities is 
the powerful opposing influence of the native 
doctors, who recognize in the foreign “medicine 
man” an enemy that is liable to supplant them 
But as bodily ailments are so much more com- 
mon among heathen than among civilized races, 
a missionary doctor has a large field before him. 
and is capable of performing what in the un- 
tutored savage mind is nothing short of the 
miraculous. His quinines for fevers, his anti- 
septic dressings for foul ulcers, his skillful lancet 
for operations, disinfectants for contagious dis- 
eases, and his various other medicines for various 
other ailments constitute him in the savage mind 
a man of supernatural powers, a man sent by- 
God for human weal. And is he not a human 
benefactor? Coupled with his love for souls and 
a desire for their salvation, the medical mission- 
ary therefore can be, in the hands of God, a great 
power for good. 

But the Bible must accompany the medicine 
ease, otherwise the mission of the man of medi- 
cine is of comparatively small importance even 
though he may do wonders for the physical body. 

In speaking of his work at Donga, a large town 
60O miles inland from the Atlantic coast and 
north of the Congo region in Africa, where the 
sufferings of the people in some sections are 
harrowing. Dr. J. S- Derr, a graduate of the Uni- 
versity of Virginia and now connected with the 
United Mission, says. “The medical mission, as 
an accessory to preaching the gospel, used as a 
means of gaining the love and confidence of the 
people, has proved a success in most fields. It 
shows the people In a tangible form that Chris 
lianlty stands for love, good works and the relief 
of suffering. Though they may be ignorant of 
their mental darkness and moral depravity, bodily 
pain is as real to them as it is to us." His work 


among the natives in the Interior as far as 
Gongome is marvelous in its success. Even a 
powerful chief recently was led to accept the 
Savior after seeing what Dr. Kerr, in the name 
of that Savior, did for the body and hearing what 
this Savior could and would do for the soul. 

Another matter of vital importance in connec- 
tion with the medical missionary is the fact that 
his work is perhaps the strongest weapon against 
the spread of Mohammedanism. The missionaries 
of Islam have been sweeping over Africa, India. 
China and other countries, and the Christian mis- 
sionaries are now pitting their strength against 
the spread. In this conflict the medical mission- 
ary plays an important part. There is much in 
the religion of Islam that may appeal to the car- 
nal mind of the Hindu or the negro, but the 
religion that couples with its promise of ever- 
lasting life and joy and health, the power ami 
the desire to alleviate bodily ills, is bound to win 
out against even the most plausible theories of 
Mohammedanism whose disciples and mission 
aries carry- the sword instead of the surgical case, 
the bullet instead of the Bible, the Koran instead 
of the cross. "Cured of physical ills.” Writes Dr. 
Kerr, “the natives will listen to religious teach- 
ing. And in sending them physicians, Christians 
have an opportunity which Mohammedans do not 
possess.” 

This, then, is one chief reason why we should 
have two or three able, consecrated missionaries 
in and around Dhamtarl, C. P.. India, who are 
thoroughly qualified to labor as physicians. May- 
God raise up from among us such as he can use 
for this noble purpose. 

* Elkhart, Ind. 


THE MENNONITE HOME, LANCASTER, PA. 

Report for November and December, 1907. 
Contributions. — (Nov.) John Bear, jellies, chow- 
chow; H. D. Miller, apples; Mrs. H. B. Cassel and 
Mrs J. H. Hershey, comfort, bushel redbeets; 
Mary Doner, quilt: Mrs. J. H. Hershey. apple- 
butter. soap; H. S. Snavely, dried corn, beans, 
jelly, apples, soap, quilt ; Miller & Bushong, bushel 
cornmeal and flour; Mrs. George Leaman. cake, 
Franklin pears, turnips; Amos Stoltzfus, $1; Fan- 
nie M. Kennel, 50c; Katie E. Kennel. 25c.— 
(Dec.) Abraham Souder. basket cakes: Lemon 
Weaver, jelly, soap; Franklin Greider, celery; .1. 
W. Weaver, applebutter: A. K. Diener, 4 bushels 
apples, Lillie Shirk, cakes, apples: Amos G. Kauff 
man, ice cream; A. K. Diener. two geese; Frank 
lin Musselman. lounge; N. B. Leaman, chair; 
Lyulia Landes, cakes; John'B. Reist, 2 bushels 
apples, dried apples, popcorn, soap, underwear; 
Elizabeth Wenger. $1: Sister Herr. 50c: Katie E. 
Kennel. $1: Levi Shirk. $1; John J. Shirk. $1: 
Diener Shirk. 50c; Milton Neff. $1: Gideon Stoltz 
fits. $1: Christian Click. 25c; H. F Eshlmch. $1: 
Jacob Myers. $1; Bressler Buckwalter, 50c; Abra- 
ham L. Eshleman, $1. 

Health during November was not extra good: 
quite a few of the inmates had a severe cold and 
other complaints. During December the health 
was fairly- good with a few exceptions. Abram 

S. Herr was quite sick and Rebecca Eshleman 
was on the sick list for quite a while. 

Services. — Nov. 3. The day was cool, but pleas 
ant. and the East Petersburg folks paid us a 
visit and the afternoon was pleasantly spent in 
singing and studying the Sunday school lesson. 
On the 10th Henrv Good filled the regular ap- 
pointment. Text. 2 Cor. 4:17. 18. On the 23d 
we hati preparatory services. Benj. Zimmerman 
preached from Matt. 6. Isaac Good of Ohio. Daniel 
Gehman. Jacob M. Ruth of Doylestown. Pa., also 
took part in the services. On the 24th we had 
communion services. Benj. Zimmerman conducted 
tne meeting. On Dec. 1 the Landisvalley tolks 
paid ns a visit and the weather was rather un 
pleasant, but the afternoon was pleasantly spent 
In singing and studying the Sunday school lesson 
On the 8th Daniel Gish tilled the appointment. 
On the 22d was our regular day for preaching. 
- but no one came to fill the appointment. We 
spent the afternoon in singing and reading the 
44th chapter of Isaiah and had prayer. On the 
25th (Christmas) Daniel Gish ami Daniel Leaman 
preached for us from the text in Luke 2: in. 11. 
On the 2Sth Gideon Stoltzfus paid us n visit and 
preached front the 90th Psalm Bro Stoltzfus 
spoke very impressively and to the point. 

Visitors. — There were about 140 visitors at the 
Home during the months of November and D» 
cent her. 

The new annex is about ready to be occupied. 

A. K. DIENER. 



HCTCRAT^D OF TRUTH 


February 13, 1908. 



58 

HERALD OF TRUTH 


Thursday, Februa ry 13, 1908. 

J. F. FUNK and A. B. KOLB, Editors. 


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DEATHS. 


Funk. — Joseph S. Funk, aged about 75 years, 
died on Jail. 27, 1908, at his home in Bedininster 
Twp.. Bucks Co., l’a., after an illness of a year 
resulting from grip. He was born in Springfield 
township and was a son of Joseph Funk and a 
direct descendant of Bish. Henry Funk, who 
emigrated from Europe in 1719. He was married 
over fifty years ago to Anna Fret/., a daughter of 
Isaac Fret/.. He is survived by his wife and out 
son Elmer E. Funk of Doylestown. One daugh- 
ter, Adalaide. wife of Gideon S. Rosenberger. died 
some years ago. Three sisters also survive him 
He was a cousin to John F. and A. K Funk, of 
the Mennonite Publishing Co. 

Mininger.— On Jan. 31. 1908, in Montgomery Co., 
Pa., of obstructions in the bowels, at the home of 

her daughter, Mrs. Jacob B. Nyce, , wife ol 

Joseph Mininger; aged 89 Y.. 2 M„ 21 D. Throe 
daughters and one son survive her. Buried at 
the Plain M. H. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. 

Bontrager. — Luella Fern, daughter of Eli and 
Katie Bontrager, died Feb. 3, 1908. after only a 
few days' sickness with pneumonia; aged 7 M., 

20 I). She is survived by her sorrowing parents, 
seven brothers and one sister. Little Luella went 
to join her little sister and two brothers, who 
have gone before. The family have the sympathy 
of the community in their sad bereavement. Al- 
though we miss her smiling face, we know she is 
rejoicing with the angels in heaven. Funeral 
services on the 4th at the Fairview M. H. by 
Menno Eash from Psa. 16:6. Interment took 
place in the adjoining cemetery. Another little 
lamb has gone to dwell with Him who g a ve t , n« 
darling babe, though sheltered in the grave. 

Cressman. — Edwin G. Cressman was boin July 
26 1856; died Jan. 15, 1908. at his home near 
Line Lexington, Bucks Co., Pa., of typhoid pneu- 
monia; aged 51 Y„ 5 M., 19 D. He leaves a widow, 
two sons and one daughter to mourn theii loss 
Funeral services were held on Jan. 18, 1908, at 
the Hillown Lutheran church, of which the de- 
ceased was a member, by P. A. Buehler, from 
Dent. 33:27. Funeral was largely attended. 

Walter. — George Walter was born in New 
Britain township. May 12. 1842, and was married 
to Maria Samkey on April 4, 1868. He lived in 
i he bonds of matrimony for nearly forty years. 
They were blessed with four children, one son 
and three daughters: all of whom survive. He 
died Jan. 21. 1908. from the effects of a stroke 
ot paralysis, which he had Hie evening before, 
am! from which he never regained consciousness; 
aged 65 Y., 8 M., 9 D. Funeral services were 
held Friday, Jan. 24. 1908, at the house by Bish. 
Jonas Mininger and at the M. 11. by Bish. H. B. 
Rosen bergtr and Samuel Detwiler. Text, Matt. 
25:21. He was ordained and served as deacon 
in Hie Mennonite church at Line Lexington, Pa., 
for about twenty-nine years. On account of a 
raging snow-storm and drifted roads, many people 
were unable to attend the funeral. 

Ruth.— -On Jau. 19. 1908. near Line Lexington. 
Bn of pneumonia. Sister Amanda, wife of Isaiah 
G. Ilinli: aged 39 Y„ 2 M., 19 D. She had been 
sick two weeks. She had been a consistent and 
faithful worker in the church and Sunday school, 
where she will be greatly missed, as well as at 
Inime where she leaves a husband and four sons 
and her aged mother to mourn their loss. Funeral 


on the 23d at Line Lexington M. H. Services at 
the house by Christian Allebach. at the M. H. 
by A. O. Heistand and John Rosenberger. Text, 

Heli. 1:9. The meeting-house was filled with sor- 
rowing friends and neighbors. 

Stoltzfus. — On Jan. 12, 1908. near Mascot, Lan- 
caster Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, 
Jonathan Stoltzfus passed peacefully away at the 
ripe age of almost eighty years, leaving a wife 
five sons and two daughters to mourn the loss ot 
a loving husband and a kind father. He was a 
member of the A. M. church from his boyhoou 
days and led a quiet and peaceful life. His re- 
mains were laid to rest on the 15th. Services 
conducted by Pre. Christian Yoder of Mifflin 
county and Jacob Lapp of Ronks. He was buried 
in the Meyers cemetery at Bareville. 

Stoltzfus. — On the same day as the above, Jan. 

12 1908, near Ronks, after an illness of five days 
of pneumonia, Rebecca, daughter of Isaac N. and 
Malinda Stoltzfus, a granddaughter of the above 
deceased. She left this world at the early age 
of 15 Y 6 M„ 19 D. This is another proof of the 
uncertainty of life and was a heavy blow upon 
this little family. Her parents, one sister and one 
brother are left to weep over their loss. She 
was a bright and cheerful young girl. Her suffer- 
ing here was great for a short time and we hope 
she is now sweetly resting free from all pain and 
sorrow. She was laid to rest In Beiler's cemetery 
at Ronks. Services were conducted by Jacob 
Lapp and Daniel Esh on the 16th. The funeral 
was largely attended. Many relatives and friends 
were assembled to pay the last tribute of respect 
to the well-known and much-beloved departed one. 

May the Lord liless and comfort this family in 
their great affliction. 

Nunemaker. — Emma N. Rutt, wile of Edgar N. 
Nunemaker, was born near Mt. Joy, Lancaster 
Co.. Pa..- July 24, 1875. At the age of seven years 
she with her parents moved to Sterling, 111., iter 
home until death. Oil Oct. 17, 1895, she was 
united in marriage to Edgar N. Nunemaker. 
Emma departed this life on Jan. 29. 1908, aged 
32 Y„ 0 M., 5 D. She leaves to mourn her early 
departure a sorrowing husband and five litth* 
girls, the youngest only four years old. We mourn 
not as those who have no hope, as Sister Nune- 
n alter lived a devoted Christian life. She' always 
found comfort and consolation in prayer. Her 
place was seldom vacant at church. The church 
has lost a devoted sister, the husband a tender 
bosom companion, the children a loving and kind 
mother. The funeral services were held at the 
Science Ridge Mennonite M. H. on Feb. 2, where 
a large concourse of people gathered to pay thc- 
last tribute of respect to one they loved so dearly. 
Services conducted by A. C. Good from Phil. 1-21. 
"For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” 

Weber. — Fred Alvin Weber was born Feb. 11, 
1907: (Bed Fell. 1, 1908; aged 11 M., 21 D. We 
could not wish little Freddie back again, though 
lie was a bright little jewel to all who learned 
to know him. We believe he has better associates 
now. Funeral services were held at the Science 
Ridge Mennonite M. H. near Sterling, 111., con 
ducted by J. M. Nunemaker and A. C. Good. 
Text, Luke 18:16. 

Conrad. — John Conrad was born in Wayne C.o.. 
Ohio. May 30, 1824; died Jail. 20. 1908; aged 83 
Y.. 7 M., 20 D. In 1854 he moved to Iowa, and 
in 1855 to the farm where he lived until death. 

In his young y ears be accepted Christ as Ida — 
Savior and Identified himself with the A. M. 
church and remained a faithful member till God 
called him home. He leaves a sorrowing wife, 
four sons and two daughters to mourn his de- 
parture. He also haves 31 grandchildren, 14 
great-grandchildren and a host of friends and 
neighbors who feel the loss of one whom they 
learned to love. But we need not mourn as thos- 
who have no hope, and expect to meet him in the 
better land. Services held at the Sugar Creek 
M. H. He was buried in the cemetery near by. 
Funeral services by the brethren S. Gerig and 
Jacob Roth. The relatives wish to extend their 
thanks to the friends and neighbors who assisted 
them during the illness of their husband and 
father. 

Smeltzer. — Maynard Mailand. son of Bro. Aaron 
and Sister Lizzie Smeltzer, was born July 16, 
1905: died Jan. 16. 1908; aged 2 Y.. 6 M-: of spas- 
modic croup. He was a very bright and pleasant 
child, and the deeply bereaved family has the 

s ympat hies of alt the friends and neighbors, as 

well as the blessed consolation that they mourn 
not as others who have no hope. While on his 
deathbed, Jesus revealed himself unto him in a 
mysterious way and lie called his mama, saying. 
"Jesus knocks. Don’t you hear him? I see him — 
here he is.” This proves to be one of the many 
instances in which it pleased God to hide these 
i lungs from the wise and prudent and reveal 
i beiii unto babes. Funeral services were held in 
Hip Nappnnee M. H. on Sunday. Jan. 19. by Bro. 
J. H. McGowen from Mark 10:14. and by David 
Burkholder from Luke 8:52 and Rev. 21:4. The 
funeral was largely attended. Burial took place 
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EDITORIAL NOTES. 


To the Point. — One of our exchanges brings us 
editorially in last week’s issue a thought that is 
altogether too good to be lost sight of: ‘‘People 
are apt to honor men abroad, and overlook better 
ones at home.” 

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Correction. — In our issue of Feb. 6, in the corre- 
spondence of Sister Sarah Sauder of Fulton Co., 
Ohio, our printers made us say, “Bishop Eli Frey,” 
etc. Bro. Frey is a deacon and not a bishop In 
that congregation, and we gladly make the cor- 
rection and hope our correspondent as well as 
the readers will kindly pardon the mistake. 

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The German Martyrs’ Mirror.— The Mennonite 
Publishing Co. have sold out the last of an edition 
of 3,000 copies, which they published some years 
ago, and no more new copies can be obtained. 
We wish to secure several copies of old editions 
that may be found in families who no longer use 
the German language. Any one having a copy 
they wish to dispose of, will please address Men- 
nonite Publishing Co., Elkhart, Ind. 

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In our correspondence columns the reader will 
notice that the brethren in the Weaverland (Lan- 
caster Co., Pa.,) district have organized a monthly 
meeting for the purpose of studying the lessons 
for the coming month and by a mutual exchange 
of thoughts and experiences fit themselves better 
for the important duties devolving upon them as 
teachers. The next meeting will be at Weaver- 
land M. H. on Feb. 27. This is making Sunday 
school practical. Do not overlook the corre- 
spondence. 

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Those who -are still in arrears on their sub- 
scriptions to the Herald of Truth are kindly in- 
vited to pay up the arrears and renew their 
subscriptions for the year 1908. The paper will 
be continued and will advocate and teach as 
vigorously as ever the same precious gospel doc- 
trines that have characterized the paper since 
its existence. Give us a helping hand and you 
will enjoy your old friend better than ever. Your 
dollar will aid us in our work and make our bur- 
den that much lighter. Let us hear from you soon. 

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The Young People’s Meeting Topics for the 

entire year have been completed and are made 
up in a neatly printed six-page folder, which we 
will send to any address 3 copies for 4 cents or 
12 copies for 10 cents. All who take part in these 
meetings should have one of these folders. They 
are ~a great help to the meetings. One iosson 
arranged and explained with Scripture text and 
illustrations appears In each number of the Her- 
ald for the week preceding the meeting for which 
that topic is assigned, and will help both leaders 
and speakers. Send for sample copies. 

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Our book sales at reduced rates have met the 
wants of the people. A large number of the 
damaged books have been sold; the last of the 
damaged Bibles In German were sent out last 


week. We are now offering our good stock also 
at such a reduction as will appeal to every one 
who wishes to buy. If you have not received our 
reduced clearing sale catalogue send us your 
name and address and we will send it free of 
charge. Now Is the opportunity for good books 
at low prices. Our order clerk Is kept busy In 
writing up the orders. 

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A brother writing to the editor of the “Rund- 
schau.” asks him to explain certain words used 
in I he ‘ Rundschau” and give their meaning in 
Pennsylvania Dutch. The editor says: With 

pleasure we explain. 1. “Werst” is the German 
word in Russia for Hie measure of distance, the 
same as “mile” in this country. The “werst” is 
something less than a mile. 

2. “Kopeken” is the word used to signify a 
small copper coin, about the same as our cent. 
One hundred kopeken make a rubel. A rubel has 
a par value of 75 cents; but in the course of ex- 
change it goes at the present time for about 50 
cents American money. 

3. “Pud” means 40 pounds weight. 

4. “Vetter” means first cousin. 

5. “Nichte.” A brother’s or sister’s daughter, 
the same as “niece.” Among our Russian friends 
it generally means (though not correct), our lady 
cousins. 

6. “Desjatine.” About three acres of land are 
as much as one “desjatine.” 

7. “Tschetwert” means grain measure — about 
six bushels. 

8. “Zwieback” means biscut— a very fine coffee- 
cake. 

9. "Hirse.” Millet. 

10. “Nowobrarizi.” A recruit. 

As many of our English readers understand the 
German language, they will also be interested in 
the above explanations. 

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The Church. — Many people in these days of 
progress and the revolutionizing of the old order 
of things have imbibed the idea that the church 
of God is simply a soci ety whose te achings and 
rules of order can be modified and changed at 
will. They look upon the faith and doctrines and 
the apostolic order of the church in about the 
same way as they look upon the constitution and 
by-laws of some literary or social society. They 
forget that the doctrines and principles as well 
as the rules of order of the true gospel church 
are the unchangeable principles of the word of 
God. and that he who sets himself up against 
these is resisting the ordinance of God’s house 
and will be held responsible by Him to whom 
belongs all power in heaven and in earth. The 
overseers of the church are ordained by the 
authority of God, and each one has his proper 
place or position, and the church in order to do 
proper and legal gospel work must be properly 
organized. Each congregation must have properly 
— o r dain ed -ministers, l e ad ers and overseers; -each- 
of these must stand iu the position Into which 
he has been placed by the Holy Ghost, and must 
attend to the duties of the office that has been 
assigned to him. As soon as one officer of the 
church assumes the duties of another or labors 
in another man’s field and tries to do the work 
that belongs to another there is confusion. Order 
is heaven's first law and the apostle admonishes 
us that all things should be done decently and In 
order. 


PERSONAL MENTION. 

Bro. M. B. Shank has purchased a farm In War- 
wick Co., Va., where he expects to reside in the 
future. 

Bro. Elias Brubaker is conducting a singing 
class in Baden, Ont., with 116 pupils. The class 
is said to be making good progress. 

Bro. Martin Senger of Stark Co., Ohio, stopped 
over in Hale Co., Texas, while on his trip from 
La Junta, Colo., to Normanna, Texas. 

Bro. Silas Yoder of the Clinton A. M. congrega- 
tion began a series of meetings at the Holdeman 
M. H. near Wakarusa, Ind., on Sunday evening, 
Feb. 9. 

Pre. B. F. Hartzler of Cass Co., Mo., has been 
doing some good evangelistic work in the vicinity 
of La Junta, Colo. His efforts were much ap- 
preciated. 

Pre. Peter Snyder returned to his home In Bee 
Co., Texas, from his visit to Minnesota, where 
he had formerly lived. He had been away for 
some time. 

Pre. Eli Miller and family of Newton Co., Ind., 
contemplate moving to Anderson Co., Kan., during 
the present month, where they expect to make 
their future home. 

Bro. P. P. Hershberger of Seward Co., Neb., 
we are sorry to hear, is afflicted with that 
dreaded disease cancer. May the Lord strengthen 
and comfort him in his sad affliction. 

Pre. Solomon Yoder of Hamilton Co., 111., visited 
the A. M. congregation in Shelby county during 
the latter part of January and preached to the 
congregation there on Sunday, Jan. 26. 

Pre. D. G. Lapp of Nebraska, during the early 
part of February held a series of evangelistic 
meetings at La Junta, Colo. He also expected 
to hold meetings at Holbrook in the same vicinity. 

Bro. H. F. Andrews, who for many years con- 
ducted a jewelry store in the village of Strasburg. 
Lancaster Co.. Pa., is about closing out the jew- 
elry part of his business and will confine himself 
“especially to the optical business. 

Bro. Noah H. Mack conducted meetings at the 
Rohrerstown M. H. on Sunday morning and even- 
ing, Feb. 9. The continued meetings at that 
place are still In progress. We hope many may 
be brought to the light by these efforts. 

Pre. A. Good of Sterling, 111., began a series of 
meetings on Jan. 13 in the congregations near 
Newton, Kan. The meetings were not productive 
of direct results, but the good seed sown may 
come to Us fruitage in God’s own good time. 

Bro. Peter Unzicker of Bee Co., Texas, preached 
a sermon to the people of his congregation on 
the last Sunday in January, on the question, 
“Where will you spend eternity?” The subject 
is a good one and was well presented. 

Pre. Norman A. Lind of Wadsworth. Ohio, went 
to Springs, Somerset Co., Pa ., wh e re he began 
a series of meetings on the 6th of February. The 
meetings will continue probably a couple of 
weeks. We hope he may have good success In 
the work. 

Bro. S. J. Miller of Seward, Neb., called at the 
book store of the Publishing House at Elkhart on 
the 14th, on his way home from the East, and 
purchased one of our nice Teacher’s Bibles. It 
is not a hard matter to select a Bible from our 
stock that suits. 


HERALD of truth. 


February 20, 


Pre. Valentine Garber of Nobles Co., Minn . 
with a number of his congregation, has purchased 
land in the vicinity of West Branch Mich and 
a number of them have already settled .in th^ 
new locality and others will do so as soon as they 
can turn their affairs to suit making the change. 

Pre. John Walters of the Line Lexington con- 
gregation in Bucks Co., Pa., who has been in 
feeble health for some time, continues in about 
the same condition. He was able, however to 
attend the funeral of his brother George, who died 
aetTal weeks ago. but otherwise does not leave 

his home. 

Bro. D. J. Johns of Goshen, Ind., who bad been 
called to the bedside of his aged father in Fulton 
Co Ohio, remained until the end. The remain 
of the aged pilgrim were laid away on the 12th 
and Bro. Johns arrived in Goshen on toe 13th 
iust in time for the funeral services for Sistei 
Kathryn Yoder (sister of Mary Burkhard), who 
died at the Goshen College on the evening of 

the 12th. , T , , 

Dea. Jacob H. Wisier of the Elkhart (tad. 
congregation, suffered a stroke of paralysis at 
the home of his son Samuel near Nappane^. 
whither he had gone for a load of C0 ™' t 
was on Saturday, Feb. 8. It was ( j mte ' ^ 

morning, and he became ^oroughly chUled din- 
ing the long ride. After going into the house he 
fell and for a time seemed to be helpless but at 
last accounts he is slowly improving. He com- 
plains of severe pains in the head at times, whil- 
his limbs seem not to be affected. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

THE NEW BIRTH. 

\ 

By A. K. Kurtz. 

While John is the only evangelist who mentions 
anything about the conversation between Jesus 
S in regard .o the ne» birth we 

And it alluded H> In eeveral ot ihe epleOee. v - 
Gal 6:15; Tit. 3:5; Jas. 1:18; 1 Pet. 1.23. It I 
also spoken of or hinted at by the prophets: Jer. 
24-7; Ezek. 11:19; 18:31; 36:26. 

The new birth Is one of those fundamental 
doctrines that engage our attention all the more 
because they are essential to our eternal welfare. 

-Ye must be born again,” was said by Him w lose 
words will stand though worlds pass away. Th 
change of heart and mind must take place beta 

“ el.,,,,1 any ...iriinnl «..» » 

,he kingdom of heaven.” as expressed by the 

Savior. 

The Savior perhaps explains the operation of 
the new birth as plainly as can be done in words 
A verse 8 of this chapter. While we can hear 
the wind blowing and can see and feel its effects, 
we cannot explain the forces that bring it int 
existence, or tell where it will end. 

Paul’s idea of the effects of the new birth ,s 
expressed in sentences like these: Coming iro n 
death unto life,” "from the power of Satan unto 
God,” "old things are passed away, behold, all 
things have become new.” These expressions of 
the inspired apostle go to prove that a most 
wonderful change takes place at the time of the 
new birth, a change that at once becomes ap- 
parent in the life of the individual. 

Justification and the new birth are Jrougjl 
about by faith through the operation of the Holy 
Spirit, and well will it be for all who have passed 
through this experience. In the new birt 1 
are born into the family of God. which brings us 
into close relationship with the Godhead. We , 
have become brethren and sisters in God s great 
family, whether rich or poor, white or colored, 
learned or unlearned, without respect to 1 denom- 
inational names, rank or station in tfe. The 
blessed Lord uses all alike who obey him. 

Having become Coil’s children, we also become 
interested in our Father’s business and are ready 
and willing to obey him In whatsoever he won d 
have us do. But wo arc only children, and chil- 


dren are teachable, and in these days of heresies 
and all kinds of false teaching there is danger of 
being switched off on some other way than the 
highway of holiness, which is the only route to 
the mansions of glory. A babe in Christ is not 
an adult in a spiritual sense any more than In 
natural sense, and God does not expect of them 
what he does of older ones in his service, but 
he does require of them obedience that they may 
» tilling U, be used in hi. .ervlce and become 
strong In the power of his might. In order to d 
this, attention must be given to the > neans 
grace, foremost among which is prayer. The 
study of God’s word is next in The 

child of God needs no text-book but the Bible, 
and it is simply wonderful how the Spirit opens 
up to the spiritual mind the deep things of God 
in the prayerful study of his word. 

When we think of a babe in Christ and then 
of the adverse forces brought 1o bear against 
him or her. the wrong ways used by the enemies 
of true Christianity to draw aside the mind from 
the things of God, we almost tremble for theli 
safety, and it is no wonder that so many c °™j 
promise with the world and become mere spiritual 
dwarfs or idiots, not able to prove the many 
problems of life that meet us on life’s Journey. 

Careless professors are an offense to babes 
in Christ. They reason on this wise: Here is 

such and such a brother in the church and he 
does things that are questionable, not consistent 
with Christianity, and since Ihose older ones can 
do so and so, why cannot I do the same. The 
result is more careless professors, and so the 
churches become filled with them. 

Too much stress cannot be laid on prayer. I 
is the very life of the new-born babe. The sincere 
milk of the Word is needed for a healthy growt 
and without a fresh supply of grace, which can 
come only through prayer, it is impossible for 
the young convert to hold out and grow in the 
grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus. It is 
the duty of all of God’s children, young and old, 
t„ be a help to these babes in word, act or deed. 
Mav we be able to encourage these young and 
tender lambs of the flock to consecrate their 
voting lives to the work that God has f °r them o 
do and become established In the Christian 

graces. 

Smithville, Ohio. 

For the Herald ot Truth. 

PLOCKHOY and THE FIRST MENNONITE 
COLONY IN AMERICA. 

By C. H. Smith. 

(Conclusion.) 

On June 9. 1662, the Burgomasters of Amster- 
dam made a contract with Plockhoy and 1 twenty- 
four others, called Mennonists, regarding the 
conveyance of the proposed colony to the Oela- 
ware. 

According to this contract the city of Amster- 
dam was to advance two hundred guilders to 
each of the twenty-five families making up the 
association. For the repayment of these loans 
the whole body was to be responsible. A tract 
of land was granted the colony on the Horektll 
which was to be free from taxes for twenty years. 
The society was authorized to make such laws 
and rules as seemed necessary for their settle- 
ment. allowing to each member the right jo ap- 
peal 10 the city authorities in case he felt himself 
unjustly treated. Such laws and rules, however, 
were not to he in contradiction to ,he 
mental conditions which the city had published 

'"in the meantime Plockhoy in 1662 had again 
published at Amsterdam a pamphlet called “Kort 
on Klaer Ontwerck,” In which he outlined In 
dot ail the communistic scheme by which the pro- 
posed colony was to be governed, and in which 
he invites associates to Join the new enterprise. 
The following September was the date set tar 
the departure of the company. Many of these 


regulations concerning the proposed community 
were similar to those suggested in London in 
1658 The colony was to comprise four classes 
of people-agriculturists, seafaring persons, all 
kinds of necessary tradespeople and masters or 
useful arts and sciences. The associates were to 
be men, married or single, twenty-four years old 
and free from debt. Each was to obey the ordi- 
nances of the society and not seek his own ad- 
vancement over any other member. The colony 
evidently was not to be exclusively a M *™°“ lte 
one, since as in the earlier scheme all Christian 
sects who composed the community were to be 
united. This was to be accomplished partially 
by the exclusion of all clergymen from the settle- 
ment since it would be impossible to gain the 
desired harmony either by electing a clergyman 
for each sect or by selecting him from any one 
sect. Preachers, furthermore, according to PlocK- 
hoy, were not necessary tar religious instruction 
and worship. The colonists were themselves pro- 
vided with the Holy Scriptures which all ministers 
agreed in pronouncing to be the best and which 
they looked upon as “the most peaceable and 
economical of all preachers.” Religious exercises 
were to be as simple as possible. Every Sunday 
and holiday the people were to assemble in the 
common meeting-house. Here the service was to 
be opened by the singing of a psalm and the 
reading of a chapter from the Bible by one of 
the members. Any one present was then to he 
at liberty to express his opinions on the passage 
of Scripture which was read. Another psalm 
closed the service, and immediately after the 
court was to convene in the same building for 
the transaction of the public business of the com- 
munity. There was to be no deviation from 
these simple exercises, for even the lord’s supper 
and baptism were considered as “signs and cere- 
monies becoming rather weak children than men 

'H P^hlif schools were to be provided, but no 
creeds or religious formulas except the Ho > 
Scriptures were to he taught. 

Plockhoy evidently was not entirely non- 
resistant, tar those having conscientious scruples 
against bearing arms were to pay an . V. 

for the support of those who entered military 
service. Only defensive warfare, however, was 
to be waged. 

Slavery was to he prohibited. 

In order to secure perfect harmony within the 
settlement certain classes of religious Beets were 
excluded from entering the society. All un- 
tractabie people, such as those in co "‘°“ 
with the Roman See, usurious Jews, English stiff 
necked Quakers, Puritans, foolhardy hel eversta 
the Millennium, and obstinate modern p 
to revelation” were included in the ^ 
classes. Undesirable persons were to be subject 
to expulsion by a two-thirds vote. 

All laws and regulations for the governing of 
the community were to be passed by a two-thirds 
vote of the members, but were to be subject to 
the approval of the authorities of Amsterda_ 
Bach year ten persons were to be Prop^ed ^ 
officers, from whom the Burgomasters of Amster 
dl could choose five. No magistrate was to he 
eligible for re-election until one year after the 
expiration of his term of office nor was he to 
receive any compensation for his services. For 
the first year the oldest member was to preside 
over toe court, hut after that, the one longest 

>P F or C fl ve yea re after their ar rival in their new 
home the colonists were to labor tor their com- 
mon good and live from a common storehouse 
but after that time the property might he divided 
proportionately among the heads of familte . 

Such, in outline, were the articles of association 
drawn up by Plockhoy for the governing of his 
proposed American colony of Mennonites. It was 
a scheme which Broadhead in hia history of N 
Netherlands calls “one among the most, extra- 
ordinary of the early memorials of American 
colonization." 


1908. 


HERALD OF TRUTH 


61 


Of the actual history of the colony we have 
little knowledge. As we have seen, the colony 
was to leave for the Horekill by September, 1662, 
but we do not know whether they actually set 
sail at that time. It seems probable, however, 
that they did not start until the following spring, 
for, from a letter written May 5, 1663, we learn 
that Plockhoy sailed in the ship "St. Jacob” tar 
the Horekill, and another letter dated Aug. 4. 
1663, records the fact that the ship “St. Jacob” 
arrived at the Horekill on July 28, 1663, and left 
there forty -one souls with their baggage and farm 
utensils. From these scraps of information It 
would seem that these forty-one souls comprised 
the twenty-five Mennonlte families who contracted 
with the Burgomasters of Amsterdam to settle 
in New Netherlands. How they fared during 
the autumn and tallowing winter we do not know, 
but they had hardly begun their new settlement 
when they were unceremoniously driven out of 
the region by the English, who were now at war 
with the Dutch for the possession of New Nether- 
lands. In 1664 all the Dutch settlements along 
the Delaware, Including the Mennonite colony, 
were plundered, and some of the inhabitants, 
perhaps principally soldiers, were taken to Vir- 
ginia, where, according to Governor Stuyvesant, 
they were sold as indentured servants. A report 
sent to Amsterdam in 1684 says that, during this 
war all the possessions of the city of Amsterdam 
were plundered and occupied, “as alsoe what be- 
longed to the Quaking Society of Plockhoy to a 
very Naile.” 

Of the ultimate fate of these Mennonites we 
are equally ignorant. Whether they later built 
up their settlement again on the Horekill and 
perhaps lost their “Mennonite faith,’ whether 
they became disheartened and returned to their 
native country, or Whether, like some of the 
Dutch soldiers, they were sold as slaves In Vir- 
ginia, we may perhaps never know. Save for a 
brief mention made of Plockhoy some time later 
in the records of the Germantown court, these 
few facts are all that have thus far come to light 
regarding this, one of the earliest attempts of 
the Mennonites to secure a home in the New 
World. In 1694 Plockhoy, now grown old and 
blind, together with his wife, evidently friendless 
and penniless, having heard somehow of the later 
and more fortunate settlement made in the mean- 
time at Germantown, and coming, we know not 
how or whence, wandered into the village, where 
he met a hearty welcome. The court appointed 
William Rittenhouse and John Doeden to select 
a suitable home in the village and provide for 
the needs of the aged people, and here with his 
wife, Pieter Cornelisz Plockhoy, the dreamer and 
social reformer — and so far as known the only 
survivor In Ameri ca of the ill-fated colo ny he 
tried to establish— after a long life of vicissitudes; 
finally ended his days in peace among his brethren 
and countrymen. 

Indianapolis, Ind. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM. 

By E. Y. Miller. 

While alone, 1 was reading about the destruc- 
tion of Jerusalem. My companion is on a journey, 
and while he is away I began to study about 
Jerusalem. I have heard people claim that the 
destruction of Jerusalem was caused by an earth- 
quake, and as I heard the man tell about this 
I was led to examine the Bible on this subject, 
and herewith write a few lines tar publication. 

Jesus said, “If thou knewest, even In this thy 
day, the things that belong unto thy peace! But 
now they are hidden from thine eyes. For the 
days shall come upon thee that thine enemies 
shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee 
around, and keep thee in on every side, and shall 
lay thee even with the ground, and thy children 
within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one 


stone upon another, because thou knewest not 
the time of thy visitation” (Luke 19:42-44). 

From the crest of Olivet, Jesus looked down 
over Jerusalem; fair and peaceful was the scene 
spread out before him. It was the season of the 
Passover and from all lands the children of Jacob 
had gathered to celebrate their great national 
festival. In the midst of gardens and vineyards 
and green slopes studded with pilgrims’ tents, 
rose the terraced hills, the stately palaces and 
massive bulwarks of Israel’s capital. The daugh- 
ter of Zion seemed in her pride and glory to say, 

“I sit a queen and shall see no sorrow." She 
deemed herself lovely and secure in heaven's 
favor, as when, ages before, the royal minstrel 
sang, “Beautiful for situation,, the joy of the 
whole earth, is Mount Zion,” “the city of the 
great King” (Psa. 48:2). In full view before 
him were the buildings of the temple. The rays 
of the setting sun lighted up the snowy white- 
ness of Its marble walls, and gleamed from the 
golden gate, from tower and turret the very per- 
fection of beauty. It stood there, the pride of 
the Jewish nation. What child of Israel could 
look upon the city of Jerusalem without a thrill 
of joy! But far other thoughts occupied the 
mind of Jesus. 

When he was come near he beheld the city 
and wept over it (Luke 19:41). Amid the uni- 
versal rejoicing of the triumphant entry, while 
palm branches waved, while glad hosannas 
awoke the echoes of the hills and thousands of 
voices declared him king, the world's Redeemer 
was overwhelmed with a sudden and a mysterious 
sorrow. He, the Son of God, the promised Re- 
deemer of Israel, whose power had conquered 
death and called its captives from the grave, 
was in tears, not ordinary grief, but of irrepressl 
hie agony. His tears were not tor himself, 
though he well knew whither his feet were tend- 
ing. Before him lay Gethsemane, the scene of 
his approaching agony. The Sheep Gate also was 
in sight, through which for centuries the victims 
for sacrifice had been led and which was open 
tar him when he should be brought as a lamb . 
10 ^ the slaughter (Isa. 53:7). Not far distant was 
Calvary, the place of crucifixion, upon which path 
Christ was soon to tread and upon him must fall 
the horror of great darkness as he should make 
his soul an offering for sin. Yet It was not the 
contemplation of these scenes that cast the 
shadow upon him in this hour of sadness; no 
foreboding of his own superhuman anguish 
clouded that unselfish spirit; he wept for the 
(loomed thousands in Jerusalem because of the 
blindness of those whom he came to bless and 
to save. 

The history of more than a thousand years ot 
God's special favors and promises w ere mani- 
fested to this chosen people, for their Redeemer, 
the Son of the living God, had come to be to them 
a light to lighten the hearts of mankind. There 
was Mount Moriah, where Isaac, the son of prom- 
ise, had been bound on the altar as an emblem 
of the offering of the Son of God (Gen. 22:9), 
where the covenant was made with Abraham, 
who was ready to offer his only son, Isaac, to 
foreshadow the offering of our Savior and Re- 
deemer. This was to proclaim to the world that 
God, the great Father of all, had determined in 
the counsels of his eternal will to send Jesus, 
his only begotten Son, to be crucified and slain 
on the same mountain for the sins of the whole 
world. There the covenant of blessing, the 
glorious Messianic promise, had been confirmed 
to the father of the faithful (Gen. 22:16-18). The 
promise— to Father Abraham that in hi s seed all 
the nations of the earth should be blessed was 
confirmed in the flames of the sacrifice ascending 
to heaven from the threshing-floor of Omar, which 
turned aside the sword of the destroying angel 
(1 Chron. 21), which was a fitting symbol of the 
Savior’s sacrifice and mediation for guilty man. 

Jerusalem had been honored of God above all 
the places of the earth, tar the l»rd had chosen 
Zion for his habitation. There, tar ages, holy 


prophets had uttered their messages of warning. 
There the priest had waved their censers and 
the cloud of incense with the prayers of the wor- 
shipers hail ascended before God; there dally 
the blood of the slain lambs had been offered, 
pointing forward to the Lamb of God; there 
Jehovah had revealed his presence in the cloud 
of glory, above the mercy seat of God; there 
rested the bars of that mystic ladder which Jacob 
saw and which connected earth with heaven, and 
upon which the angels of God ascended and 
descended, and which opened to the world the 
way to the holiest of all. 

Had Israel as a nation preserved her allegiance 
to heaven, Jerusalem would have stood forever 
as (he elect of God (Jer. 17:21-25); but the 
history of the favored people is a record of back- 
sliding and rebellion. They resisted heaven’s 
grace, abused their privileges and slighted their 
opportunities. Although Israel had mocked the 
messengers of God, despised his words and mis- 
used his prophets (2 Chron. 36:15, 16), he had 
still manifested himself to them as the Lord God, 
merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abundant 
in goodness and truth (Ex. 34:6). Notwithstand- 
ing their oft-repeated rejections of his mercy he 
had continued his pleadings with more than a 
father’s pitying love tar the son of his care. God 
had sent to them hi^ messengers so often and 
with such earnest pleadings, warnings and in- 
vitations, because he had compassion on his 
people and his dwelling place. Read 2 Chron. 
34:15, 16. When remonstrance, entreaty and 
rebuke had failed, he sent to them the best gift 
of heaven — nay, he poured out all heaven in one 
gift— the Son of God himself was sent to plead 
with the impenitent city. 

It was Christ who had brought Israel a goodly 
vine out of Egypt (Psa. 80:8); his own hand had 
cast out the heathen before them; he had placed 
them on a fruitful hill; he had cared for them 
while they were sojourning in the wilderness. 
What more could have been done? However, 
when he looked for fruit that his vine should 
bring forth — grapes — to be food to the souls of 
men, It brought forth wild grapes (Isa. 5). Yet 
with a still yearning hope of fruitfulness, he came 
in person to his vineyard, if haply it might be 
saved from destruction. He digged about it. 
pruned and fostered it with great and unwearied 
care and sought to save his cherished vine, the 
vine of his own planting. 

For three years the Lord of Light had gone In 
and out among his people. He went about, doing 
good, healing all who were oppressed of the devil, 
binding up the broken hearted, setting at liberty 
them that were bound, restoring sight to the 
blind, causing the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, 
cleansing the lepers, r a ising the dead, and preach- 
ing the gospel to the poor. To all classes alike 
he addressed the gracious call, "Come unto me, 
all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will 
give you rest.” Though rewarded with evil for 
good, and hated tar his love, he steadfastly pur- 
sued his mission of mercy, and never turned away 
from or repelled those who sought his grace and 
mercy. A homeless wanderer, and penury his 
daily lot. he lived to minister to the needs and 
lighten the woes of men, and plead with them to 
accept the gift of eternal life. And when the 
waves of mercy, going out from the friend of 
sinners, were beaten hack by these stubborn 
hearts, then he returned them with a still stronger 
tide of pitying, inexpressible love. 

But Israel turned away from its best and dear- 
est Friend and only Helper. His pleadings of 
— if»vo we re — despised, — his — co un sels spurned, — his — 
warnings ridiculed; the hours of acceptance and 
pardon were fast ebbing away and the bitter cup 
of Gods long-deferred wrath was almost full. 
The cloud that had been gathering through ages 
of apostacy and rebellion, now black with woe. 
was about to burst upon a guilty people, and He 
who alone could save them from this impending 
fate had been slighted, abused, rejected and was 
soon to he crucified. (To he continued.) 


February ao, 


herald of TRUTH. 


foreign missions. 

India. — American Mennonite Mission Uhamtari 
C P India. Stations: Sundarganj, Ruhr. 

Leper’ Asylum, Balodgahan. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

Chicago-Home Mission, 145 W. 18th Street, Chi- 
eaeo 111 A. H. Leaman, Supt. 

Chicago?- Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 
Ave. and 26th Street Chicago, III- 
Chicago— Hoyne Avenue Mission, Cor. 33d Street 

and Hoyne Avenue. Street 

Toronto, Canada— Home Mission, 461 King Street. 

R Toronto. Samuel Honderich, supt. 

Ft. Wayne— 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft. Wayne, Ini . 

■ j M. Hartzler, Supt. „„ 

Lancaster. 462 Rockland Street, Lancaster, Pa. 

Canton. — Mission Home, 1934 East Eighth Stre , 
Canton Ohio. P. R* L&ntz. Supt. 

Kansas City— 200 S. Seventh St., Kansas City. 

Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. 

Argentine, Kan. — 

BENEVOLENT AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS. 
Orphans- Home— West Liberty, Ohio. A. Metzler, 

Old People’s Home— Marshallville, Ohio, R. F. D. 

J. D. Mininger, Supt. K Dien er 

Old People’s Home.— Oreville, Pa. A. K. Diener, 

La Junta Sanitarium. — La Junta, Colo. D. S. 
Weaver, Supt. 


of each month, changing from one meeting-house 
to another until all had the meetings. The meet- 
ing for the March lessons will he held a 
Weaverland meeting-house on Feb. 27, where all 
lovers of New Testament study should gladly 
attend. These meetings are intended to help us 
ail to reach the children and young people and 
hold them for the service of God, that his king- 
dom on earth may be enlarged and that his name 
may be glorified. This should be our main ob- 
ject We should always take with us the though , 
that the object of all spiritual training and teach- 
ing is the eternal as well as present welfare ot 

8 „ M G. WEAVER, 

humanity. 1 

* * * 

Ephrata, Pa., Feb. 13, 1908-Readers of the 
Herald of Truth ’.-Greeting. The series of meet- 
ings held here for two weeks closed on Sunday 
evening, Feb. 9, when the house was crowded to 
overflowing by an attentive audience and six con- 
fessions were made on this last evening; alto- 
gether there were twenty precious ones who came 
out on the Lord’s side. The brotherhood was 
much encouraged and strengthened by these 
meetings, as great interest was manifested by all 
and the house was full nearly every evening. We 
greatly appreciate the labors of Bro. Hershey and 
thank God for the many good feasts of which 
we were permitted to partake. COR. 


A correspondent writes: I have been reading 

the Herald of Truth for thirty-two years and 
always like to read it. It Is giving us nothing bu 
the plain truth, and 1 hope the brethren an 
sisters will help to keep it in circulation. I will 
enclose you my check for the Herald and also 
two dollars for the mission cause wherever ■ 
most needed. 

* * * 

An aged grandmother had the care of one of 
her grandsons, and on a certain New Year s Day 
she talked to him about his habits, and address, 
ing him directly, sh,e said, ’’Charley this is New 
Year’s Day. Now turn over a new leaf and be 
belter boy.” “Well,” said he, “grandma, i will 
trv ” And he has made a wonderful change , bu 
there is still room to come up higher. When a 
grandmother is in the proper mood to talk 
boys it often does a great deal of good. Let us 
not waste our opportunities. 

* * * 

The congregation at Berlin, Ont., has now fifty- 
eight applicants for church membership. This 
church has in the recent years put forth earnes^ 
efforts to build up the cause of Christ and God 
is blessing the work. May they all prove faithful. 

♦ * * 

A correspondent in Blair Co., Pa., reports that 
several weeks ago eleven members were received 
into church membership at that place and later 
two more were to be received. We are glad to 
hear that the work is progressing and souls are 
gathered in. 

* * * 

Bish D D. Miller of Middlebury, Ind., and 
Samuel Gerber of Illinois conducted a Bible con 
ference at the Fairview M. H„ Oscoda Co., Mich 
After four day^ wort: t here, Bro. M iller went to 
West Fairview, where ten converts Presented 
themselves and were baptized by Bro Miller 
and received into church fellowship while tom 
others were received upon their confession. The 
U>rd bless all these to the good of the church 

and the glory of God. 

* » * 

Weaverland, Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 12, 19° 8 -— 

Readers of the Herald of Truth: -Greetings 
There are five Sunday schools in our district, and 
a teachers’ meeting for all of them has been 
organized to meet on the last Thursday evening 


Wakarusa, Ind., Feb. 10, 1908-To the Herald 
Readers: -Greetings. Bro. Jacob K. Bixler was 
with us again on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the regu ar 
church services, after an absence of four weeks. 

He had been engaged in conducting meetings at 

Bowne and White Cloud, Mich. 

Bro. 1. W. Royer of Goshen began a series or 
meetings at Union Chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 29. 
The meetings closed last evening. There was a 
good attendance and good interest throughout, 
but po confessions. 

Sunday, Feb. 9, no meeting was held, as the 
roads were drifted during a snow storm that 
lasted from Friday night to Saturday night. 

On Thursday, Jan. 30. our business meeting 
was held We usually have New Year’s Day for 
this meeting, but as all other services had been 
discontinued, this too was deferred. The trustees 
financial report was given; steps were taken to 
place a lighting plant into the meeting-house and 
some matters concerning Teegarden were dis- 
cussed. Bro. I. W. Royer preached for us, taking 
the character of Stephen as a subject. 

Bro. David A. Yoder of this place has been 
requested by the Olive congregation to assist in 
the work at that place. Bro. Yoder has consented 

COR. 

to do so. 

* # * * 

Johnstown, Pa., Feb. 12, 1908-A number of 
brethren and sisters in the Johnstown district, 
including the writer and wife, enjoyed a very 
pleasant time at the Bible conference held in the 
A. M. Belleville M. H. from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, 
1908 The conference was interesting and up- 
building; nothing but the pure Word was taught. 
May it find a lodging place in every heart. There 
were six interesting sermons preached by the 
following brethren: D. J. Johns, Goshen, Ind., 
John S. Mast, Elverson, Pa.; Eli Frey, Wauseon, 
Ohio; Norman Lind, Wadsworth, Ohio, and D. S. 
Yoder, Johnstown, Pa., from the following texts. 
Jer. 46:14; Matt. 6:24; Isa. 40:1, 2; Luke 19:10; 
Luke 11:23; Matt. 24:32, 33. 

LEVI BLAUCH. 


Breslau were interrupted last Wednesday an 
Thursday because of the stormy weather which 
made the roads almost impassible. To-day while 
at church we received the shocking message that 
Eld MuBselman had ended his life with a bu e . 
Sister Musselman, his wife, had tried to persuade 
him to come with her to church, but she finally 
had to come without him, and while she was 
gone the awful deed was done. The brethren 
Moses Bowman and Benjamin Shoemaker accom- 
panied our stricken sister to her home and found 
l hat the husband and father had shot himself 
while in bed, dying instantly. The circumstances 
are sad indeed. May God sustain our dear sister 
in this terrible ordeal of sorrow. And may the 
circumstances leading to the awful deed be a 
warning to ail, young and old, to shun evil ways. 

COR. 

* * * 

Lamed, Kan., Feb. 13, 1908— Bro. J. A. Heat- 
wole of La Junta, Colo., preached for us ten days 
in January. We had very good meetings. There 
were no conversions, but two applied to unite 
with us, and accordingly Bro. S. C. Miller came 
up last Saturday and preached for us Sunday and 
formally admitted Bro. and Sister Will Collins. 

J. H. KING. 

* * * 

Elkhart, Ind., Feb. 14, 1908— To the Readers 
of the Herald of Truth:— During the past two or 
three weeks we have certainly enjoyed a feast 
of good things. For two weeks Bro. S. F. Coffman 
of Vineland, Ont., was with us. During the first 
week he conducted a Bible conference, and his 
teachings were highly appreciated. During the 
second week Bro. Coffman gave us a sermon each 
evening on evangelistic and doctrinal lines, which 
were both instructive and encouraging. On the 
8th Bro. Coffman returned to iris home and Bro. 
J. E. Hartzler of Chicago came and took up the 
work and continued another week. During this 
time we are glad to say that there were four con- 
fessions. May the Lord bless and keep them as 
his faithful followers until they all shall reach 
the portals of glory in the mansions prepared for 
all them that love his appearing. COR. 


Berlin, Ont., Feb. 9, 1908— To the Editors and 
Readers of the Herald: -Greeting. The meetings 
held here closed last Tuesday evening with fifty- 
eight confessions. May all who professed peace 
with God and a determination to wholly follow 
and obey him. be faithful. The meetings at 


Goshen, Ind., Feb. 14, 1908 — Dear Readers:- 
The reaper Death entered at Goshen College and 
plucked a fair flower. Sister Kathryn Yoder took 
sick with walking typhoid fever Monday evening 
and died Wednesday evening at 8:30. She was 
within eleven days of being nineteen years of 
age. Her mother and sister arrived the day after 
her death, none of the family being present during 
her sickness and death. Funeral services were 
conducted Thursday afternoon at the College by 
J S. Hartzler; assisted by I. W. Royer and D. 

Johns. Bro. and Sister S. H. Plank accompanied 
the mother and sister with the corpse to their 
home near West Liberty, Ohio. Sister Kathryn 
was of an amiable disposition and won many 
friends while here in school. She was about to 
graduate from our music course. Thus many a 
promising life is cut short— we know not why; 
but “some time we shall understand. 

RUDY SENGER. 

• * • 

Garden City, Mo., Feb. 13, 1908 — Dear Herald 
Readers:— Greeting in Jesus’ name. Bro. Daniel 
Driver of Versailles was visiting among the 
brotherhood in this vicinity and preached at the 
Bethel M. H. on Sunday morning. We had also 
made appointments for him both for Tuesday and 
Wednesday evening, but on account of the rain_ 
on Tuesday we had preaching only Wednesday 
evening. He spoke from Rom. 1:16, “I am not 
ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” May we all 
take the brother’s earnest advice and press for- 
ward toward the mark of the prize of the high 
calling of God in Christ Jesus. COR. 

Let our faith believe in the unity and trinity 
of God as declared to us by the Word until the 
Lord himself shall give us a clear conception of 
all that it means. — [S. F. Coffman.] 



HERALD OF TRUTH. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

SHOULD THE MENNONITES START A MIS- 
SION IN SOUTH AMERICA AT THE 

PRESENT TIME? 

By J. S. Hartzler. 

Very little has been found in our church 
periodicals on this subject, and it is the opinion 
of at least some of our people that the question 
should be more thoroughly discussed. Some 
think that the work should have been pushed 
more than it has been. Others think that no 
such steps should be taken _at the present; at 
least, not until our mission in India is more 
nearly self-supporting. 

In discussing this subject, we want the reader 
'Tb keep clearly in mind two thoughts: 1. That 

this is not presented to antagonize the article 
written by Bro. Ressler and published in the 
Herald of Truth and the Gospel Witness some 
time ago. 2. That those who advocate the start- 
ing of a mission in South America are among the 
most .earnest supporters of the missions in India 
and the United States, and would be very sorry 
indeed if they would in any way be instrumental 
in crippling the work in the least, at home or 
abroad. 

Let us notice the history of our present institu- 
tions: When the Chicago Home Mission was the 
only institution of its kind in the church, at one 
time it was considered impossible to continue it 
for the want of funds, and seeing the conditions, 
believing that there would not be sufficient re- 
sponse by our people to meet the needs of the 
institution, its doors were ordered closed. But 
through persistent efforts of a few the work was 
continued, even under the most trying circum- 
stances. 

Times grew brighter. Money and helpers came 
and the work grew. Finally some one said, “We 
should not pay rent. Let us buy the building.” 
Many said, “Impossible; the money cannot be 
raised.” But it was raised. And instead of its 
being impossible to support one mission, the 
church is now supporting three in Chicago, aside 
from missions in at least seven other cities on 
this side of the Atlantic. 

Our Old People’s Home and Orphans’ Home 
have a similar history. At present all these in- 
stitutions at home are supported and a goodly 
amount is sent to India each month for the sup- 
port of the work there. 

Suppose that one-half of these institutions 
would suddenly cease to exist, would the money 
problem for the rest be solved forever? Nay, 
verily. One of the best financiers in the church 
claims that it would not be five years until the 
remaining half would have as much difficulty to 
get the needed funds as they now have. This 
does not argue that we as a church should go 
on starting institutions indefinitely, and that the 
funds would come if we “drummed” hard enough. 
There is surely a limit; but are we willing to 
say, with a body of forty thousand or more Men- 
nonites in the United States and Canada, that 
we have reached the limit? Certainly not. 

Let us notice another phase. The money has 
been pledged to support three missionaries in 
this new field for three years. If the mission is 
not started a large per cent, of this money will 
be lost to the church. This is not simply so 
much surplus money that will be devoted to 
missions, and if not used in starting a mission 
in South America will be given to some other 
missio n now In existenc e. If It were, there 
might be good reasons for delaying the work at 
the latter place. The money would in all prob- 
ability not be squandered, but would be used to 
buy more stock or land, or possibly even luxuries. 

Consider the money side just a little farther. 
There is a project on foot now, which, if com- 
pleted, would go very far toward providing for 
the support of three missionaries in South Amer- 
ica without using the money subscribed for that 
purpose. A brother and sister are considering 


the advisability of making an investment and 
giving what they make, more than is required 
for their own support, to the work in that coun- 
try. Should enough come from this investment 
to support the missionaries, then the money now 
pledged would be kept to build a church or 
school, if that becomes necessary. 

Has the church ever had such an opportunity 
before? Can she afford to miss it? Some things 
may be too deep-seated for our poor finite minds 
to see. There may be reasons, why, even in the 
face of these opportunities, the work in South 
America should not be started. Should there be 
such, the Mission Committee would be very 
I hankful to have them thoroughly ventilated. 

There is another viewpoint to be noticed. Not 
every one qualified for work in the foreign field 
is fitted to go to India. A few months ago a 
brother was asked whether he would not go to 
India to aid in the work there. He expressed a 
willingness to go where the Lord wanted him. 
He went to a well-informed physician and asked, 
“Am I a proper person to be sent to India? ’ 
After carefully inquiring into matters, the doctor 
advised him not to go. He said, “Some other 
field would do much better.” 

Experience has taught us that physical exam- 
inations of applicants should be much more rigid, 
and only such persons be sent who are adapted 
to the climate in the locality of that particular 
mission. This might debar many good workers 
who have a conviction that they should do work 
in the foreign field, but could not do so, because 
there is but one such mission conducted by our 
people, and the climate there is unfavorable to 
their bodily welfare. 

Will some one give us further discussion on 
this important subject? For the "weal or woe” 
of the church depends upon her doing the right 
ihing at the right time. 

Goshen, Ind. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF A MEETING OF 
THE SWISS BRETHREN. 

By John Horsch. 

In the archives of the city of Strasburg in 
Alsace (South Germany) a letter is preserved, 
containing an announcement of a meeting of the 
Swiss Brethren, generally called Anabaptists. The 
letter was written over three hundred years ago 
and reads as follows: 

Gnad und Fried von Gott deni Vater durch 
Jesum Christum, unsem Herm und Heiland. 
Amen. Geliebter Jacob und liebe Elsbeth, ich 
lass euch wissen. dass auf den Zinstag naechst 
Kuenftig ein Gemein wird gehalten zu Schilken 
in dem Haus da man zunaechst gewesen. Und 
kommet nit so spaet als zum naechsten und 
lasset das den alten Mann in Westhoffen atich 
wissen. Damit seid Gott befohlen. der Fried sei 
mit euch und alien die Gott von Herzen lieben. 
Amen. 

The letter is addressed to Jacob Kirschner in 
Wasslenheim, but although the words, “zu eige- 
nen Handen,” i. e., to be delivered to the ad- 
dressee personally, were written on the address, 
it evidently fell into the hands of the authorities. 
The writer, however, had not signed his name, 
neither did he give the name of the one in whose 
house the meeting was to be held, or the date 
when the letter was written. 

Notwithstanding all precautionary measures, it 
is known that not infrequently the catchpolls ob- 
tained information "concerning the meetingsr 
they appeared on the scene and arrested the wor- 
shipers. But ofltimes those who were sent to 
arrest them, warned them of their coming, making 
possible their escape, and reported that they had 
found no one. They knew that to persecute these 
people was a mistake. 

Any one desiring to listen to the Word of God 
was welcome to attend the meetings; secret they 
were only in the sense that the Brethren did not 


desire the persecuting authorities to know of 
them. This is evident from the reports concern 
ing a few Anabaptist meetings which were at- 
tended by a number of members of the state 
church who afterwards reported to the author- 
ities. The important documents, the originals of 
which are preserved in Strasburg, will be trans- 
lated and published in the near future. 

It is worthy of notice that the Brethren of those 
times, notwithstanding oppression and persecu- 
tion, found it possible to do missionary work in 
other lands. An old hymn has been found, to 
be used when brethren leave for other countries 
as messengers of the gospel among those who are 
yet in darkness. A touching hymn it is, describ- 
ing the sufferings which the outgoing mission- 
aries were called upon to endure and dwelling 
upon the uncertainty of their return and the love 
of Christ which constrained them to go. But a 
time came when there was no occasion for the 
use of missionary hymns. While the opportunities 
to spread the gospel were far better than at the 
time of persecution, the church failed to make - 
any effort in that way. Only in recent years a 
beginning has been made to again follow in the 
footsteps of the early church as concerns the 
spreading of the gospel. 

Birmingham, Ohio. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES. 

The first six months of our Sunday school les- 
sons for the year 1908 are devoted to the study 
of the life of Christ as recorded in the Gospel of 
John, and the latter six months of the year are 
given to the study of the united kingdom of Israel. 

In the Lessons published by the Mennonite 
Publishing Company at Elkhart we have the fol- 
lowing excellent arrangement of the subject mat- 
ter of the lessons: 1. Explanations. 2. Spiritual 

Interpretation. 3. Applications. 4. Witnesses. 

By following up this order of arrangement, the 
teachers will be able to present the lesson in an 
easy and readily understood manner, which 
will be a great help to the members of the class 
as well as to the teacher. Both teacher and 
pupils will remember the teaching much better 
when given in this methodical way than when 
taught without any special system or order of 
arrangement. 

The lesson for Feb. 23 will be. “Jesus at the 
Pool of Bethesda.” John 5:1-9. 

Time. — In the second year of his Galilean min- 
istry. John the Baptist was put into prison by 
Herod about this time, March A. D. 28, and the 
place where the miracle of Jesus took place was 
at the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. 

Practical Points.— All the watering places of" 
the world are thronged with the impotent folk, 
blind, halt, withered, waiting for healing from 
the natural virtues, while Christ stands pleading 
for man to believe in Him. Sorrows and afflic- 
tions touch the heart of Christ, while rejection 
and unbelief wound him. Every act of healing 
is a miracle, but the healing of the soul is a 
miracle of so divine a nature that it is beyond 
all human art or conception. The divine way of 
serving the Lord on the Sabbath means, “carry” 
the bed,” not the bed carry you. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

KILLING WITH AN ACTED UNTRUTH. 

A little boy, for a trick, pointed his finger to 
— the wrong road when a man asked him — which 
way the doctor went. As a result the man 
missed the doctor, and another little boy died 
because the doctor came too late to take a fish- 
bone from his throat. At the funeral the minister 
said that "the boy was killed by a lie which an- 
other told with —s finger.” How easily we may 
send a soul to everlasting death by simply using 
the gospel to misdirect them, nr neglecting to 
show them the right w'ay! 







IIKlUvLD OF TRUTH 


February 2C>; 



YOUNG PEOP LE’S BIBLE- MEET 1NG PAGE 

TOPIC: CONSEIRATION AND CONCENTRA TION, Matt 6H9-Z4. Jconsecrat.o. mm MaFdTT’08 

- ■ - " ' Z - • i ili„ uimwi flf&in&t the wicked 


THE LESSON MOTTO. 

To have a definite purpose for God, to bend and 

conserve every energy toward its fulfilment, to 

waste no power or strength in any needless or 

useless way, God help me. 

DAILY readings. 

February, 1908. 

24. M. — Concentration. Eccl. 9:iu. 

05 t. — P aul’s method. Phil. 3:7-14. 

26. W. — God’s command. Deut. 6:5-8. 

27. T. — Consecration natural. Rom. 12.1. 

28. F. — Caleb’s example. Josh. 14:6-14. 

29 s. The consecration ladder. 2 Peu 1.2-8. 

March, 1908. . 

s. —Consecration and Concentration. Matt. 

6:19-24. (Consecration Meeting.) 

A PRAYER. 

“Give me a faithful heart. 

Likeness to thee, 

Thai each departing day 
Henceforth may see 
Some work of love begun. 

Some deed of kindness done. 

Some wand’rer sought Mid won. 

Something for thee.” 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE. 

Can you imagine one of a trunk line’s monster 
passenger engines fully equipped standing on the 
track ahead of a passenger train. The fireman 
is shoveling coal, the boiler is full of water, the 
machinery is well oiled, the track is clear, the 
engine is enveloped with a cloud of steam, the 
engineer s hand opens the throttle, but the train 
does not move. What is the matter? Ah! there 
is not enough steam pressure in the steam chest 
to push the piston. The coal is good, the water 
hot. steam is plentiful, but it is coming out at 
a dozen unpacked valves instead of being held 
at 200 pounds pressure for the sole purpose of 
moving the drive wheels. The energy of the huge 
machine is dissipated instead of being concen- 
trated. The engine is put upon the track aheat 
of the train for specific service, but it fails for 
this one reason, while a little switch engine along- 
side that has less than eighty pounds of pressure, 
but that pressure properly applied, moves noisily 
off on the sidetrack with a string of cars behind 
it Do you get the idea of what concentrated 
consecration means? There is much consecra- 
tion, but there is too little concentration, too little 
consecrated co-operation of forces. The present 
amount of dissipated and unused energy in the 
church of Jesus Christ is enough to bring the 
world and the gospel together in less than two 
years. Let this thought be kept in mind in the 
study of this subject. 

BIBLE HINTS. 

Matt 6- 19 20. The laying up of heavenly 

treasure means activity of the most persistent 
kind ’’The kingdom of God suffereth violence, 
and the violent take it by force.” All the faculties 
of mind and soul are called into cooperation for 
one definite purpose. There are no gains without 
pains no crowns without crosses, no treasures 
without tears, trials and tasks, and even then 
without Christ we can do nothing to gain heaven. 
If we have Christ in the heart we have a treasure 
that none can take away, and upon which the rust 
and wreck of time can have no depreciative effect. 

Matt. 6:21. Read this one verse over again and 
again. “Where your treasure is.” What do you 
prize most highly? Things in heaven or things 
on earth? Spiritual things or temporal things. 
U*t ns search our heart and see what affections 
and desires it reveals. 

Matt 6:22. 23. How many people are spiritually 
4 cross-eyed or double-sighted or suffering from 


some other defect of spiritual vision! What a 
light is to a room that the eye is and does to the 
body. It rules and guides the actions of the 
other members, so that they work in the light, 
so to speak. The perfect ^eyesight gives cunning 
and precision and effectiveness to hand and foot, 
and helps every limb to co-operate in an unerring 
way in the performance of every duty. Let the 
sight be double or defective or destroyed, and 
every function of hand and foot is woefully lim- 
ited and hindered. Just so the spiritual sight. 
Oh, that the light of Jesus might enlighten every 
soul and give it singleness of vision, that there 
may be singleness of purpose and of service. 
Without that light all our works are works of 
darkness. The God-given light of human reason 
tells us that if God redeemed us by sacrificing 
his only begotten Son, then it is only a reasonable 
service, a proper service, if we give ourselves 
solely and wholly unto him to serve him in any 
and every capacity for which he fits us and calls 
us. How terrible is the darkness outside of Christ 
and his influence! How distracted and disjointed 
every effort when and where self rules! 

Matt. 6:24. The servants of Abraham could not 
be the servants of Lot. Even the servants of 
these two men could not agree. Those who serve 
God can never agree with those who serve Satan. 
There is continual strife between them /or the 
possession of the world. No man can Rive two 
masters his wl)ole service, and God wants all or 
none. Nor can we fight the devil with his own 
weapons. His weapons are carnal and the weapons 
of our warfare are not. There is and must be 
one eternal, inevitable, uncompromisable and well- 
defined line between the service of God and the 
service of Satan. Our desires are either concen- 
trated upon the things of God or they are in 
league with Satan. It is a hard saying, but it is 
true that if we are not wholly the Lord’s then a 
part of our ability is not used for the Lord, and 
that part, whether it is commission for hint or 
omission of service for God, is taken advantage ot 
by the devil. Then when we consecrate our lives 
to God’s service we need also to concentrate out 
whole being upon one purpose to glorify God in 
all we say and do, fully determining that by his 
grace every moment shall be his, every power 
preserved and prepared farhis_service. May our 
consecration be so centered upon God that like 
the stone cutter’s hammer every blow struck will 
count for God and God alone. 


For the Herald of Truth. 
THE LIVING GOD. Heb. 10:31. 


God’s terrible judgments stand against the wicked 
—oh, what shall be done to such? Indeed, as the 
apostle says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into 
the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). 

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES. 

To love an enemy may seem 
A task not easy done; 

Yet in this test may be revealed, 

On which side we belong. 

God bless our friends, is easy said. 

Such with the current glide; 

But pray for those who curse us, may 
Seem rowing ’gainst the tide. 

Without the love of God no one 
In truth can kneel and say: 

Forgive and bless the enemies 
Who curse me. Lord, I pray. 

Filled with the love of God no one 
Will hold a spot within 

The heart to cherish grudge or hate 
Or indulge in wilful sin. 

The darkest night turns into day 
When the morning sun appears; 

Aud perfect love will cast out hate 
The same as cast out fear. 

With upright hearts we oft come short 
In doing our duties well; 

But desire for sin will not within 
A Christian’s bosom dwell. 

We daily on our guard should be. 

Like David we should pray: 

Create a clean heart. Lord, in me 

And let me never «'^_ [Selected . ] 


SUBJECTS FOR TALKS OR ESSAYS. 

1. Positive service required. 

2. How can we make our efforts count for more? 

3. The power of a positive life for God. 

4. Leaking energies and how to stop them. 


By T. T. Johnson. 


“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of 
the living God.” 

God is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, 
and nothing unholy or sinful can be endured in 
his presence. The sinner cannot come into his 
presence in his sinful condition and with his 
sinful purposes in his heart, but those who repent 
of their evil ways and come to God with sincere 
hearts and a desire to be saved, these, God 
declares, he will not cast out, and those who with 
contrite hearts and an humble, submissive spirit 
come to him he will watch over (hem, keep them 
and provide for all their necessities. But those 
who are persistently disobedient and refuse to 
seek and serve the Lord when they know that 


For the Herald of Truth. 
LIQUOR MEN ALARMED. 


By T. H. Brenneman. 


Liquor dealers, distillers and brewers, alarmed 
at the rapidly growing sentiment against their 
nefarious business, have published an appeal to 
the “farmers and laboring men” in the way of 
large posters which they are scattering broadcast 
throughout the land. After giving statistics of 
the amount of grain consumed and the number 
of men employed in the manufacture of distilled 
and malt liquors, the sweeping statement is made 
that national prohibition would result in the great- 
est financial panic that this country has ever 
experienced. They claim that the millions of 
bushels of grain being consumed in the breweries 
and distilleries would then become a drug on the 
market, and the thousands of men employed in 
these institutions would be thrown out of employ- 
ment They make it appear plausible, but when 
you compare their figures with the total amount 
of the grain crop and the great army of laboring 
men. they become insignificant. Secretary Wil- 
son of the Department of Agriculture, states that 
about two per cent, of the com crop is consumed 
in the manufacture o* liquor. The farmers would 
never suspect it, so far as the corn market is 
concerned, if every distillery were closed. 

While the number of men employed in these 
institutions is considerable, the percentage is very 
small when compared with the entire body Pro- 
hibition might cause temporary depression in the 
great beer and whisky centers like Milwaukee 
and Peoria, but these would have to adjust them 
selves to the new order of things and engage in 
legitimate enterprises whose products would then 
be in greater demand. 

It has been tried in a number of states and 
the result has been beneficial, financially and 
morally, even under partial enforcement; but who 
would not be willing even to make some sacrifice, 
if need be. in order to be delivered from the 
curse of rum? 

Goshen, Ind. 




1908. 


65 

For the Herald of Truth. 



Young People’s Department 

The anarchists regret that so much publicity is 
given to the killing of the king of Portugal and 
his son. To be sure. A certain class of people 
do not want their iniquities brought to light for 
fear public sentiment will turn against them. 

* 

In the death of Sister Kathryn Yoder of West. 
Liberty, Ohio, at Goshen College last week we 
see once again the mysterious workings of God’s 
providence. Human logic and human philosophy 
can not solve the problem. She was just about 
to graduate in the music course, and no doubt 
in the bright hopes of youth saw large avenues 
of happy usefulness in the Master’s service. Yet 
a day or two and nothing but a cold mould of clay 
remained of it all. And yet even such lives have 
not had their place on earth in vain. They fill 
their surroundings with sunshine and song, 
breathing in and exhaling the sweetness of God’s 
redeeming love and shedding a fragrance upon 
all Around, and when they are suddenly plucked 
by the unseen Hand they pass from our sight, 
but the fragrance of a young life given to God 
and spent in preparation for his service remains, 
and other lives are bettered because of it. And 
hence, though they are dead, they yet speak and 
beckon us to more devotion, more pious living, 
more purity and more love for God. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

SYMPATHY EXPRESSED. 


By Flora Williams Wood. 


“The least flower with a brimming cup may stand, 
And share its dew drop with another near.” 

— Browning. 

If we would have sympathy, we should give 
sympathy to others, but the trouble of it all is, 
we are not human enough; we may have the 
sympathy, but what good does it do our fellow- 
man if we are too timid to express it either by 
word or deed? 

“The look of sympathy, the gentle word, 
Spoken so low, that only angels heard. 

The secret act of pure self-sacrifice, 

Unseen by man, but marked by angel’s eyes, 
These are not lost.” 

We should not hesitate, then, to go to a grief- 
stricken friend, who has lost a brother, and say 
a few kind words and make him feel our sym- 
pathy. There is a sort of magnetism about this 
kind of love — unconsciously heart and heart re- 
sponds, and a tender word in the hour of grief is 
never forgotten. Yes, indeed, we are expected 
to be human, with heart and soul. Some people 
seem to have positively no claim on these human 
qualities, but are mere walking machines — they 
never give or take; cold, austere and unfeeling 
as the oak, and I sometimes wonder of what use 
such foreign natures are, and what good they 
ever do humanity, and what real satisfaction in 
life may be theirs. An unsympathetic person can 
never be lovable and is to be truly pitied for the 
absence of the magic power of winning friends. 
None of us want to live, or merely exist, for our- 
selves alone; and what a terrible realization it 
muBt be in the soul of a man who feels no sym- 
pathy for a fellow-being; what a perfectly narrow 
life he must have, and if he has a soul at all, 
how dwarfed it must eventually become? But 
the kind, sympathetic hearts who' cheerfully re- 
spond to the cry of Jhe distressed, have a goodly 
share in the blessings their generosity creates. 

There can really be no success without a sym- 
pathy of some kind in the general make-up of 
one's character; and we want sympathy, all we 
can get of it, for without it there can be no love— 
and without love there is no harmony, which is 
natural to the order of all life and illumes and 
beautifies the soul as the sunshine gladdens a 
dark day; and if you are one of those who are 
fortunate in possessing this bright gem of human 


HERALD OF TRUTH. 

sympathy in your heart, then let its brilliancy 
gleam afar In the darkest, most needful places — 
in the nooks of those hearts which need the 
warmth of its bright light. Be cordial, be sym 
pathetic; if we cannot afford to be charitable In 
anything else, we can at least be charitable in 
manner, kind words, and quick, responsive sym- 
pathy. 

God never meant we should bear our trials 
unaided; we are the rightful heirs to a friend’s 
kindness and sympathy. 

“He that is thy friend indeed, 

He will help thee in thy need. 

If thou sorrow, he will weep, 

If thou wakest, he cannot sleep.” 

— Shakespeare. 

We are here to help each other. After the 
summing up of all, there is but little of lasting 
pleasure in anything else than the agreeable 
friendship of true friends. 

Great care is taken in the cultivation of the 
different arts, yet we often forget that the great- 
est advancement for comfort and happiness comes 
from the cultivation of cordiality in our hearts, 
and if you have the least spark of good will, help- 
ful spirit or kindly feeling about you, cultivate it 
as carefully as you would a precious and rare 
plant, for you will find first of all to be beautiful 
you must learn to express yourself, to get rid of 
that repellent look in face and manner that makes 
people fear and dislike you. Warm up a little; 
your icy nature throws a damp chill over every- 
thing about you. 

Don’t be afraid of lowering your dignity in the 
recognition of an old friend, even though perhaps 
your social prestige may have outgrown his; for 
remember, “Humility is true dignity after all,” 
and it is these acts of loving sympathies that 
shape the soul — this human quality of wide and 
deep sympathies that make us leaders and help- 
ers of all mankind. No use to set ourselves up 
as individuals without any need of social sym- 
pathy; we fall short of being human if we do, 
and it simply does not pay to isolate ourselves 
from the people because of a few crank ideas 
we have treasured up. Be sociable, be progressive 
— if you would be wise, let your heart come in 
touch with all. 

Don’t harbor up a few ideas you have read 
somewhere and sit down on them; there is no 
enterprise in that. But let your mind and heart 
expand, and envelop the true good of all things, 
as plants do the sunshine. If the beautiful rose 
never unfolded her petals, but were content to 
bud without blossoming, half her beauty would 
be lost. So it is with our hearts — they need a 
gradual unfolding to be beautiful, tender and sym- 
pathetic. 

Had our great poets beeu reticent in their ex- 
pression of 1 heir wonderful conception of life and 
the noble art in which it is embodied, the beauti- 
ful songs imbedded in the souls of their all- 
sympathetic natures would never have been 
known, and the world would be devoid of many 
a great, masterpiece to-day. Thank God for tho 
truly sympathetic hearts who can and will express 
themselves. 

"Go, banish the gloom with thoughts kindly spoken. 

Hearts reconciled which were otherwise sad. 

Sow broadcast good thoughts like a bright jeweled 
token 

That more of the world may be happy and glad.” 

One other thought: Suppose God had not “so 
loved the world.” what then? That great divine 
heart of sympathy expressed itself in the gift of 
his dear and only begotten Son. What wondrous 
expression of sympathy! “Behold, what manner 
ofTove the Father hath bestowed upon us!” How 
can we better acknowledge him as our Father 
than by loving those whom he loves, not in word 
only, but in deed? Herein is true sympathy mani- 
fested. Let us manifest it. 

Elkhart, Ind. 

During April. May and June the Sunday school 
lessons will be from the Gospel of John, and for 
the balance of the year they will again be in the 
Old Testament. 


NO CROSS, NO CROWN. 


By Richard E. Dean. 


Always bear the cross, my friend. 

And bear it with a smile; 

The burden will grow easier 
And lighter after while. 

Be cheerful in your sorrow, friend. 

It may not be for long; 

Soon the clouds will pass away 
And glad will be your song. 

No matter what your troubles are. 
How great may be your loss, 

You’ll never win the crown, my friend 
Unless you bear the cross. 

Always live above your task, 
Whate’er that work may be; 

Place your faith in God above — 

Build for eternity. 

Cherish then the cross, my friend, 

It’s been most kindly given. 

To teach you Low to wear with grace 
A crown of gold in heaven. 

Omaha, Neb. 


DEATHS. 


Kehr. — Samuel M. Kehr was bom in Hanover. 
York Co., Pa., Dec. 17, 1825; died Feb. 5. 1908, In 
Harrison Twp.. Elkhart Co., Ind., at the advanced 
age of 82 Y.. 1 M., 18 D. The family removed 
from York Co., Pa., to Elkhart Co., Ind.. in an 
early day when the country was still to a large 
extent covered with heavy ■ timber. The father 
died when the children were still young, and Bro. 
Kehr with his brothers and sisters spent his 
earlier days in the self-denials and hardships in- 
cident to the developing of a settlement in a new 
country. On Sept. 25, 1859, he united in marriage 
with Caroline Landis. To this union were born 
seven children, only two of whom are now living. 
These are Sister Jontz. widow of the late Benj. 
Jontz, and Sister Israel Martin. Besides his 
family he leaves one brother, one sister and nine 
grandchildren. He was a faithful and devoted 
member of the Mennonite church for about thirty 
years. Funeral services were held on Sunday, 
Feb. 9. and were largely attended. Services 
were conducted by Jonas Loucks. Jacob Chris- 
tophel and John F. Funk, from the text in Rom. 
8:16. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. May 
the Lord comfort the sorrowing family. 

Mullet. — Jonas Mullet was born in Holmes Co.. 
Ohio, Oct. 26. 1851, and died at Nappanee, Ind.. 
Feb. 4. 1908; aged 56 Y.. 3 M., 8 D. He united 
with the Amish church at the age of twenty-one 
years and moved to Nappanee, Ind., in 1875. He 
united in matrimony with Sarah Slaubaugb. Dec. 
24, 1876. To this union were born seven children. 
Mary and David preceded him to the spirit world. 
The living are: John. Ezra. Levi, Martin and Ella. 
He also leaves one grandchild, three sisters, six 
brothers and a sorrowing companion to mourn 
their loss, besides a host of friends. In his latter 
years he united with the Mennonite church, amt 
he re mained a faithful member to the end. He 
greatly delighted in Sunday school work and was 
a liberal giver to the cause of Christ. Funeral 
services were held in the Mennonite meeting- 
house in Nappanee on the 7th, conducted by 
John F. Funk of Elkhart in the German language 
from Phil. 1:21, and by Henry McGowen of Nap- 
panee in English. Interment in the South Union 
cemetery. God bless the sorrowing family and 
friends. 

Yoder. — Levi J. Yoder was born Oct. 25, 1851. 
Was married to Rachel Eash, Feb. 8. 1877. To 
this union were born four sons and five daugh- 
ters; one son and one daughter died in Infancy. 
His wife died Jan. 23, 1894. He was again mar- 
ried to Effie Miller. Feb. 11, 1900. To this union 
were born two sons, one of whom died in infancy. 
Levi lived in Indiana until May 24, 1900, when he 
moved to White Cloud. Mich., where he resided 
with his family until Nov. 18. 1907. when he 
moved hack to Indiana for the benefit of his 
health, hut continued to fail and died on Jan. 28, 
1908, after h aving suffered some seven yea rs with 
consumption: aged 56 Y., 3 M., 3 D. During the 
last eighteen months he was unable to do any 
work. Funeral services were conducted at the 
Shore M. H. by Jost Y. and Josiah Miller. He 
leaves a sorrowing wife, four sons, four daughters, 
eight grandchildren, two sisters, a brother and 
many friends to mourn his death, but we mourn 
not as those who have no hope, yet we feel deeply 
the loss of a dear husband and father. Lonely 
the house and sad the hours since the dear one 
has gone, but. oh, a brighter home than ours, in 
heaven, is now his own. The Lord bless aud com- 
fort the bereaved and sorrowing hearts. 







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HEKALD OF TRUTH 


February 20, 1908. 


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H E R A L D OF TRUT H 

Thursday, Febru ary 20, 1908. 

I f. FUNK and A. B. KOLB, Editor*. 


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Reininger.— Charles Reininger of EosweU. Somer 

set Co., Pa., died of typhoid fever on Feb. 2, 1908, 
aged 27 Y„ 4 M., 12 D. Funeral services were con- 
ducted on the 5th at the Blough M. H. by S. D. 
Yoder. Interment in the graveyard near by. 

Lape.— Jacob Lape of near Davidsville, Pa., died 
Feb. 3, 1908; aged 63 Y., 9 D. He was in feeble 
health for a number of years. He had several 
naralvtic strokes, which rendered him helpless. 
?l A e m wIs buried on the 5th. Funeral services at 
the Blough M. H. by Simon Layman, S. D. Yoder 
and L. A. Blough. He was a faithful member of 
the Mennonite church for about thirty-six y® ars - 
He was married to Rachel Gindlesperger abou 
thirty-seven years ago. To this union were b 
seven children, five living and two dead ; also ten 
grandchildren living and three dead. He is sur 
vived by many friends who need not mourn with- 
out a hope. 

Benner. — Bro. Tobias Benner °* So^erton Pa. 
died of apoplexy on Friday, Jan. 30, 1908. * 

survived by a sorrowing widow, two sons and a 
(laughter. Funeral on Feb. C. Buried in the ou- 
dertou Mennonite cemetery. His age was 76 Y., 

5 M., 20 D. , . 

Eberly. -Susanna, wife of Henry Eberly of 
Sclioeneck. I^ancaster Co., Pa., died or i Feb. 5, 
1908, of pneumonia, after an illness of eight d y , 
nired 75. Y.. 5 M., 15 D. Her maiden name was 
Lutz and she was the last of her family ,f) ‘ e ' 
She is survived by her husband and one daughter 
Buried on the 9th at Mellinger’s M. H. She was 
a member of the Old Mennonite church. Her 
aged 6 husband, at the time of her decease and 
Sal also lay critically ill with the same disease. 

Fr eed.-Bro. John H. Freed of near Morwood. 
Montgomery Co.. Pa., fell from a mow in the barn 
on Sunday, Feb. 2, 1908. and fractured his skull. 
He was able to walk to the house, but became 
unconscious when he reached the porch. Dunng 
the interval between his fall and d ®^! 1 ,**® t TL 
able to walk about the house, but had lost his 
mind. On Tuesday afternoon an operation was 
performed by the physicians and he d,ed 
same evening (Feb. 4); aged 42 Y 6 M., 19 D- 
He is survived by a sorrowing widow and four 
children. His father and three brothers also sur- 
vive. Funeral on the 10th at Franconia M. H.. 
where the interment also took place. 

Frv— On Feb. 11. 1908, Anna, widow of Hamel 

0 Frv of Norristown. Pa., was buried at the 
Towamencin Mennonite M. H. Bro. C. B - 
conducted the services. She was a member of 

1 he Schwenkfelder church. 

Weber. — On Feb. 3. 1908, ill Vogansvtlle Lam 
easier Co.. Pa., of the effects of a stioke of 
apoplexy early in the morning of the same day, 
Mary S. Weber, in the sixty-first year of her age. 
About a year ago she sustained a stroke, but re- 
covered. She was a member of the Mennonite 
church and unmarried. She s survived by hei 
step-mother, step-brother and also one brother. 
Funeral on the 7tb at the Pike Mennonlte burying- 
ground. 

Rohrer.— Jacob H. Rohrer, a well-known resi- 
dent or East Lampeter Twp.. Lancaster Co.. Fa., 
died Feb. 5, 1908. at his home, about two miles 
north of Strasburg. He was ill about ^ week am 
liis death was due to general debility. Bro - R °^er 
was eighty-one years of age. He was unmarried, 
and is suivived by a sister (Annie, wife of Isaac 


Kreider) and two brothers (Benjamin H. and Isaac 
H. Rohrer), all residents of East Lampeter tow 
ship. The deceased was a member of the Old 
Mennonite church. The funeral was held on SaUir 
(lav, Feb. 8, at Mellinger s meeting-house, when: 
interment, also took place. 

Wealand. — Amanda, wife of Samuel Wealand of 

Ml. Airy, Lancaster Co., Pa., died on Feb. 4, 19 . 

of grip, at the age of 73 years. She is sumved 
by her husband, four children and two brothers. 
She was a member of the Old Mennonite church. 
Funeral services and interment at Mellinger s M. 
H. on the 8th. 


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EDITORIAL NOTES. 

Sunday school lesson for March 1 will be. 
Christ feeding the five thousand, on the northeast 
shore of the Sea of Galilee, at the foot of the 
mountains in (hat locality. The time of the 
occurrence of this miracle was A. D. 29. 

* 

Our reduced prices on books are awakening an 
interest among the people and we are busy filling 
orders. Any one who has not already received 
this price list will kindly send us his or her 
address on a postal card and they will receive 
one by return mail. 

* 

Rev. J. M. Buckley, editor of the Christian 
Advocate, is charged with disloyalty to the Metho- 
dist church. He will be formally tried before 
the New York East conference in May. — [The 
College Record.] 

If some of our Mennonite people would note 
disloyalty to the Mennonite church as closely as 
some other denominations do, what would become 
of some of our poor, disloyal Mennonite ministers? 

* 

The readers no doubt remember the very Inter- 
esting sketch written several years ago for the 
Herald by John Bartsch, in which he recounted 
some incidents connected with the emigration of 
Mennonites under the leadership of the enthusiast 
Claas Epp from Russia to Central Asia. Many 
people have desired that a fuller account be given 
of this sad and eventful movement, and In com- 
pliance with this wish a 104-page booklet, of 
which the author is Franz Bartsch. has been pub- 
lished in German. The history of this movement 
from its beginning to the final settlement, after 
many vicissitudes and divisions. In Central Asia, 
reads like a romance! tt Ts~probable that we will 
publish an English translation of tne book in 
serial form in the Young People’s Department of 
the Herald, beginning some time in April. 

* 

A Question. — A friend asks us the question: 
"Why is it that all the by-words used among the 
people in the English language begin with the 
letters J or G?” We do not care to repeat them 
here, but we have recollections of a good many, 
and if you think them over you will find that 
moat all. if not altogether all, that you can think 
of begin with one or the other of these letters. 
There may be no special significance to this, and 
yet there may be. And the less we know about 
these perverted bad words and their originals, 
the better, no doubt, we are off. At least, in con- 
sidering this question, let it be a warning against 
the use of all profanity, and against all vain words 
and by-words of every sort. Let our conversation 
be pure; and let all our words be salted with the 
good salt of gospel truth and purity. “Who is a 
wise man among you and endued with knowledge 
among you? Let him show out of a good con- 
versation his works with meekness and wisdom 
(Jas. 3:13). Remember also the third command- 
ment. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord 
thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him 


guiltless that taketh his name in vain,” if it is 
even only a perversion of the name of the Deity. 

* 

The goosebone prophecy that went the rounds 
of the papers last fall seems to have carried the 
palm for truthfulness. It told of light winter 
before the holidays, but afterwards severe storms, 
cold and snow, and so it came. The most decided 
blizzard of the season struck Elkhart on Feb. IS, 
and for quantity, quality and extent was the 
severest not only of this season, hut of years 
past. On Tuesday it continued all day and all 
night and on Wednesday morning the snow was 
piled in great heaps everywhere and at some 
places to the height of many feet. Trolley roads 
and railroads in general, as well as wagon roads, 
were to a large extent impassable, and everybody 
had a large amount of extra work in shoveling 
snow and opening up walks and roadways, and 
travel was to a large extent suspended. So In 
Christian life our pathway is sometimes hemmed 
in on all sides with the storms of sorrow, the 
cares of life, the opposition of enemies, the de- 
vices of Satan and the world, and things that 
come up in the daily duties of life, which for a 
time close up the way before us in such manner 
that further progress seems impossible, and only 
a strong and abiding faith, perseverance and un- 
flinching endurance will bear us through the trial 
and enable us to fulfil our purpose. 

¥ 

Walking with God.— Paul says, “For our con- 
versation is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). The German 
translation says, “For our walk is in heaven.” 
In Eph. 2:5, 6, the apostle says. “Even when we 
were dead in sins, God hath quickened us together 
with Christ (by grace are ye saved), and hath 
raised 11 s up together, and made us to sit together 
in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the 
ages to come he might show us the exceeding 
riches of his grace in his kindness toward 11 s 
through Jesus Christ.” 

Now here we have a walking with God and a 
sitting together with him in heavenly places, and 
this is that of which David speaks in the first 
psalm where he says, “Blessed Is the man who 
walketh not In the counsels of the ungodly, nor 
standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth In the 
seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law 
of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate 
day and night." 

Again, in Deut. 5 we have a beautiful repre- 
sentation of what it means to walk with God 
When the children of Israel were encamped at 
Mount Sinai and the Lord came down at an 
appointed time on the mountain and spoke to 
them, that is. to all the people, out of the midst 
of the fire, of the cloud and the thick darkness, 
and the quaking of the mountain, and the long, 
loud sound of a trumpet, then the people greatly 
trembled and were afraid and they came to Moses 
and said. “Behold, the Lord our God hath showed 
us his glo ry and his greatness, and we have 
heard his voice out of the midst of the fire; wo 
have seen this day that God doth talk with man 
and he liveth.” And they were afraid that the 
fire of God would consume them and requested 
that Moses should go up to God and should speak 
to Him and he should tell them, and then they 
made a solemn promise that they would hear all 
that the Lord should say unto Moses and do it. 

And the Lord was pleased with what they said, 
but at the same time opens unto us, so to speak. 


the inner thought and feeling of his soul when 
he says (verse 12), “Oh, that there were such an 
heart in them that they would fear me and keep 
all my commandments always, that it might be 
well with them and with their children forever. 

* * * Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord 
your God has commanded you; ye shall not turn 
aside, neither to the right nor to the left. Ye 
shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your 
God hath commanded you, that ye may live and 
that it may be well with you, and that ye may 
prolong your days in the land which ye shall 
possess” (Deut. 5:27-33). — F. 

¥ 

The Mennonitische Rundschau, our German 
weekly, contained in last week’s issue forty-three 
correspondences. We think there is hardly an- 
other weekly paper that can show a like record. 
Some of these are from Russia and are quite 
lengthy. This shows a lively support and an 
interest on the part of the patrons of the paper 
that is truly commendable. Years ago when two 
of our Russian bishops from the Northwest at- 
tended our conference in the state of Illinois, 
they watched the proceedings with intense inter- 
est, though they could not understand near all 
the proceedings, because they did not understand 
the English language. Toward the close of the 
conference the writer overheard a conversation 
between the two brethren, when one of them 
said to the other (of course in German), “But 
these brethren” (having reference to our Ameri- 
can Mennonites) “have more spiritual life among 
themselves than we Russian Mennonites have.” 
Bui to return the compliment, we have since at- 
tended a number of their conferences, and with- 
out hesitation we can say that if we express our- 
selves candidly and with all sincerity we would 
apply (he same expression to them. “But these 
Russian Mennonites have more spiritual lire 
among them than we American Mennonites have.” 
And in works they, in proportion to their nutnerl 
cal and financial strength, are by no means be- 
hind us. In reference to the support of their 
weekly paper and the supply of reading matter 
for the same they are certainly quite a distance 
in advance of our American Mennonites. Breth- 
ren. let us heed the lesson! 

We received a letter this morning from a 
brother who gave ns a sharp pointer on this 
very subject — that is, on the point of a high 
degree of spiritual life manifesting itself in our 
conferences. After some other criticisms on our 
work, he says: “One more thought. At our 

district conferences, where we have a large audi 
ence of brethren and sisters present, craving to 
be fed with the bread of life from the word of 
God. we have about half the time used up by 
reports, miscellaneous business, actual business, 
appointments,” etc. While some of this business 
seems necessary to carry on the church ma- 
chinery. is it not a fact, however, that too much 
of the precious time is wasted, so to speak, in the 
~ cold formalities of things that have rather a 
tendency to cool the ardor of Christian devotion 
in the hearts of the people and to make us formal 
and business-like — or we might say. to use a 
plain expression, more “worldly," than otherwise? 

We remember well when at our conference the 
old brethren spake with godly fear and with a 
reverence that meant, "solemn service to God,’ 
and no levity and little formality came into the 
work of the conference day. But as we proceed 


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February 27, 


in the way of popularity and seek to arrange oui 
affairs more like those of worldly societies, and 
often waste much valuable time in discussing 
whether this or (hat proceeding is in accordance 
with the best and latest code of parliamentary 
rules, and sometimes lose our temper and quarrel 
about technicalities that are neither for the eleva- 
tion of our piety nor for the good of the cause, 
we certainly lose strength and character rathei 
than gain spiritual power which should on all 
occasions be our highest aim in all our proceed- 
ings in seeking to build up and promote the cause 
of Christ. A hint to the wise is sufficient. First 
and above all things let us in all our deliberations 
and proceedings nave in mind the glory of God 
and the advancement of his kingdom. F. 

PERSONAL MENTION. 

pre. P. R. Lantz, of the Canton (Ohio) Mission, 
spent Sunday, Feb. 16, with the brotherhood in 
Lawrence Co., Pa. 

Bro. J. S. Hartzler of Goshen attended the 
meeting in Elkhart on Saturday evening. Feb. 16, 
and participated in the services. 

Pre. Reuben Yoder of Ford Co., Kan., attended 
the funeral of his father, Aaron Yoder, in Indiana. 

On the return to his home he stopped over in 
Reno county. 

Bro. J. E. Hartzler closed a series of meetings 
in Elkhart on Sunday evening, Feb. 16, and re 
turned to Chicago on Monday morning to resume 
his studies at the school he is attending. 

Bro. Daniel Driver of Morgan Co., Mo., recently 
visited in Cass Co., Mo., and also spent Sun- 
day, Feb. 16, with the congregation in Olathe. 
Kan. As he went he preached the Word. 

Bro. C. K. Hostetler of Goshen, Ind., has re- 
ceived a two months’ furlough for a trip to the 
South and some visiting that he desires to do. 
We wish him a pleasant time and a safe return. 

Bro. J. M. Hartzler, of the Fort Wayne Mission, 
visited with the brotherhood in the Forks A. M. 
congregation, Elkhart Co., Ind., on Sunday, Feb. 

!), and preached an instructive and much appre- 
ciated sermon in that place. 

Bro. C. H. Wedel of Newton, Kan., who was 
recently elected member of the Board of Foreign 
Missions under the General Conference A, to 
till the vacancy caused by the death of Bish. 
Peter Balzer, has been elected president of that 
Board. 

Bro. Jacob H. Wisler, deacon of the Elkhart 
congregation, of whom mention was made in our 
last issue, is still at the homJL oJ_ his Jton Samuel 
near Nappanee, and is recovering very slowly 
from the effects of the paralytic stroke he suf- 
fered several weeks ago. 

Bro. E. M. Detweiler of Columbiana Co., Ohio, 
since his recovery from the serious accident he 
had. held a series of meetings at Canton and 
also near Medway, Ohio, and is at the present 
time engaged in the same good work in Holmes 
county. May the Lord bless his efforts. 

In the home of Bro. Eli Bontrager of Oscoda 
Co., Mich., the angel of death paid a sad visit 
when their beloved little Luella Fern was taken 
away to return no more, at the tender age of 
seven months and twenty days. The Lord corn- 
foil the sorrowing ones that are left. 

Bro. Aaron Loucks of Scottdale, Pa., has re- 
cently been visiting with the Amish brethren in 
Holmes Co.. Ohio, a week or more ago and 
preached in the Walnut Creek A. M. meeting- 
house on Sunday, Feb. 16. and also had a special 
appointment at the Union M. H. on the 17th. 

Bro. D. N. Lehman of Lancaster Co., Pa., who 
during the early part of winter held a series of 
meetings at the Olive M. H. in Elkhart Co., Ind., 
contemplates a trip to the Canadian Northwest 
In the coming spring to visit his son, residing 
at Cressman, Saslt. He will probably remain in 
that section for some lime. 


C Z. Yoder, of the A. M. congregation in Wayne 
Co.. Ohio, labored recently with the congregation 
in Portage Co., Ohio, and on Feb. 9 baptismal 
services were held at that place and two souls 
were added to the membership. We are glad of 
the m an v reports we have all through the land 
of souls seeking after God and uniting with the 
church. 

Bro. D. Burkholder of Nappanee, Ind., has dur- 
ing the past week worked out another article for 
the Herald. V*e hope all will read it with intei- 
est. It is on a vital question. Bro. Burkholder 
has not yet fully recovered from his recent ill- 
ness, but is still improving and was able again 
a week ago last Sunday to attend Sunday school 
and church services, the first time in four weeks. 

A number of the brethren and sisters from 
Goshen College attended the closing meeting of 
the Elkhart series on Sunday evening, teb. 16, 
and all present were deeply interested in Bro. 
Hartzler's vivid representation of the beauty, 
glory and happiness of heaven, and his earnest 
appeal to the people to ' prepare themselves in 
the day of grace for the promised inheritance 
there. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

A PARISH HOUSE. 

By David Burkholder. 

The Goshen Mid-Weekly News-Times says: 
“The St. James Episcopal church has now plans 
under consideration to build a parish house in 
Goshen, at a cost of not less than $10,000. The 
paper states further that Father Roland, rector 
of the parish, addressed a large congregation 
Sunday night on the crying need of the city for 
such a building and that one of the strong argn 
ments in favor of it was that the men of the 
church and community who were wealthy and 
over twenty-one years of age had their lodges 
and clubs for places of recreation and evening 
pleasure, while the young people and poorer 
classes, who have not the means of securing more 
than an existence for themselves and families, 
have not the money to go to the theater, attend 
dances, join clubs, lodges, etc. And the rector 
asks, "Is there not a way in which they can have 
it?” And his answer is, “The parish house will 
meet these requirements, where the young people, 
the boys and girls, can have their pleasures in 
games, dances, billiards, cards, gymnasium, etc." 
"The use of these.” he says, “is not wrong, but 
the abuse of it. The right principle is that the 
church should participate in all these things, 
should own and control them and teach people 
the proper use and prevent the abuse. We do 
not believe that religion should make people of 
a sad countenance; a long face does not neces- 
sarily mean great piety. Religion ought to make 
people happy.” “Inasmuch as the parish house 
is not intended for the use of only my parish, but 
the aim and purpose being for everybody in 
Goshen, irrespective of creed or religion, every 
body in Goshen ought to help secure it.” (Copied 
from the Goshen News-Times.) 

We, too, believe that religion ought to make a 
man happy and it certainly does, if it is that 
“pure religion, undeftled before God and the 
Father, and kept unspotted from the world." If 
a man has a religon that fails to make him happy 
unless he indulges in all these sinful pleasures 
and amusements of the world, that man s religion 
is certainly "vain.” He has a dead religion. 
Paul knew what he was talking about when he 
said. “She that liveth in pleasure is dead while 
sne liveth.” That man is a lover of pleasure 
more than a lover of God. The pleasures of the 
world have choked his religion according to the 
Savior’s teaching, and the best thing that man 
can do is to get rid of that world-spotted religion 
and repent, get down on his knees in his closet 
with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and im- 
plore God’s mercy that he might give him a new 
heart and renew within him the right spirit. 


Recreation is sometimes profitable under cer 
tain circumstances, but in such a case re-creation 
(regeneration) is of far more importance. 
Recreation can be secured in a much less ex- 
pensive way. A vigorous use of the bucksaw 
two or three times each day will give a man all 
the healthful recreation he needs, and if this ts 
not available let him fall in line with an aged 
grandfather in Goshen, with whom I met many a 
time, whose hair is white with the frost of four- 
score winters. He getB up every' morning at four 
o’clock and walks several miles before breakfast, 
year in and year out; and he says he derives 
much benefit therefrom. The pleasures of the 
world are in the Bible termed pleasures of sin. 

When Moses got to be of the proper age when 
he was able to discern between right and wrong 
he was not only willing to forfeit all claim to 
worldly honor and glory in order to fully con- 
secrate himself to the service of his God, but 
also chose rather to suffer affliction with the 
people of God than to enjoy the "pleasures or 
sin” for a season. This was a faith worthy of 
imitation. No wonder that Paul exceedingly re- 
joiced in tribulation because he knew it to be 
the very portal through which the Christian enters 
into the kingdom of heaven (Acts 14:22). Can 
this be said of worldly pleasures? Oh, no! “The 
carnal mind is enmity with God, and is not sub- 
ject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.’ 
and “to be carnally minded is death.” 

The apostles rejoiced in stripes, imprisonment 
and bonds because they were counted worthy of 
suffering for the sake of Christ. Paul and Silas, 
arter receiving forty stripes on their bare backs, 
were thrust into the inner prison with their 
lacerated, bleeding bodies on the damp prison 
floor and their feet made fast in the stocks, and 
even this brutal torture dtd not make them sad, 
because, at midnight, they were heard praying 
and singing praises to God. And the innumerable 
host of noble Christian martyrs rejoiced while 
suffering the most excruciating tortures that cru- 
elty and bigotry could devise, of which the aged 
Bishop Polycarp is an example. He might have 
escaped, but he refused to do so, and after feed- 
ing the soldiers who came to seize him, he 
quietly and calmly delivered himself into their 
hands. When he was condemned to the flames, 
with the violence of tne fire singing around hint, 
he sang praises to God until the redhot tongues 
of fire licked up his breath, and thus rejoicing 
his soul was borne in a chariot of flame to the 
happy, far-away home of the faithful. 

We do not find that one of the martyrs ever 
resorted to worldly pleasure in order to be made 
happy: neither do we find that worldly pleasures 
ever secured anything of this kind for a man- 
The Bible clearly teaches a cross-bearing. The 
Master himself told his disciples, “Whosoever 
doth not bear his cross and come after me, can- 
not be my disciple.” Again, “If any will come 
after me, let him deny himself and take up his 
cross daily and follow me.” Now, there is no 
getting around this. Christ never said one thing 
when he meant something else. God’s faithful 
children are “a peculiar people, a chosen genera- 
tion." separated from the world; and how could 
they consistently participate in all these pleasures 
of sin and at the same time deny themselves, 
lake up their cross and follow Christ daily? They 
could find no use for the cross. Paul taught the 
doctrine of denying ungodliness and worldly lust. 
a,,d to live soberly, righteously and godly in this 
present world, he himself being crucified to the 

world and the world t o hi m ; and therefore was 

able to keep under his body and bring it into 
subjection. When he preached the cross in his 
time he realized that it proved to be a stumbling- 
block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks 
and others who perished, but there was this 
grand consolation in it that “unto us which are 
saved it is the power of God.” 

I am fully persuaded in my mind that If there 
ever was an enterprise or project gotten up in 
Goshen that made the devil rejoice It is the con- 
templation of erecting the parish house. Look 


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for a moment at the inconsistency of spending 
$10,000 for such foolishness! If this sum would 
have been used In the missionary cause, to bring 
the gospel of Christ to heathen lands, to millions 
of ignorant people „who also have precious souls 
as well as we and have never heard that there 
was a Savior and a plan of salvation, it might 
have been the means of bringing many souls into 
the fold of Christ, and thus causing the angels in 
- heaven to rejoice. Now, then, if such places ot 
sin and vice as the theater, bowling alley, dance 
hall, billiard room, card playing den, etc., can be 
refined and sanctified by making church properly 
out of them and have them controlled by the 
church and thus bring them into a “clean, pure, 
healthy atmosphere, away from the possible per- 
nicious influence,” as it is claimed, could then 
not other dens of vice, such as the house of 
prostitution and the saloon, be also brought under 
the same influence by having them owned and 
controlled by the church? Since the latter two 
are closely related to the other evils and all be- 
long to the works of darkness, especially since 
the building is intended to be "for everybody in 
Goshen irrespective of creed or religion,” and is 
planned to meet these Requirements? This 
"everybody” must include the debaucher and the 
inebriate (that is, providing that Goshen contains 
any such characters), and it is a sure thing that 
the parish house cannot make them happy and 
meet their requirements unless it affords an op- 
portunity to gratify their lusts and desires. 

“Everybody in Goshen.” Please look at this 
motley crowd! Ministers, church members, Sun- 
day school teachers, atheists, infidels, skeptics, 
whisky sots, blasphemers, brewers, saloon keepers, 
gamblers, burglars, debauchers, liars, murderers, 
thieves, hypocrites and dead-beats (that is, if all 
these are to be found in Goshen), all mixed to- 
gether in a church property, “to have their 
pleasure in the right way.” Can it be possible 
that this is not an abomination in the sight of 
God? And if there are any of God’s children in 
this crowd, whom he can claim as his, my prayer 
is, that the earnest call of God from high heaven, 
“Come out from among them and touch not the 
unclean thing,” may continue to ring in their 
ears in thunder tones until they are pricked in 
their hearts and can no longer refrain from yield- 
ing. The love of Christ constrained me to write 
this article in liold defense of His true gospel 
principles. 

Nappanee, Ind. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM. 

By E. Y. Miller. 


When Christ should hang upon the cross ot 
Calvary. Israel’s day as a nation, favored aud 
blessed of God, would be at an end. The loss of 
even one soul is a calamity for God, for the blood 
shed upon Calvary was shed for the whole world; 
and as Christ looked upon Jerusalem, the doom 
of the whole city and the whole nation was before 
him. That city, that nation, once chosen of God 
as his peculiar treasure, were a people over whose 
apostacy and disobedience prophets were led to 
weep and mourn. 

Because of the terrible desolations which God 
visited upon their sins. Jeremiah wished that 
his eyes were a fountain of tears that he might 
weep day and night for the slain of the daughter 
of his people (Jer. 1:13-17). But if ye will not 
hear it my soul shall weep in secret places for 
your pride, and mine eye shall weep sore and 
run down with tears, because the Lord's flock Is 
carried away captive. What, then, was the grief 
of Him whose prophetic glance took in not years 
but ages to come? He beheld the destroying 
angel with sword uplifted against the city which 
had been the great Jehovah’s dwelling place, the 
very spot afterward occupied by Titus and his 
army. He looked across the valley with tear 


HFRAlAD OF TRUTH. 

dimmed eyes and saw the walls surrounded by 
alien hosts. He heard the voice of mothers ami 
cnildreu crying for bread in the besieged city. 
He saw her holy and beautiful house, her palaces 
and towers given to the flames, to be reduced to 
a heap of smoldering ruins. He saw, as he was 
looking down the ages, the covenant people scat- 
tered in every land in the temporal retribution 
about to fall upon his children. He saw but the 
first draught from that cup of wrath which at 
the final judgment she must drain to Us dregs. 

Divine pity and yearning love found utterance 
in the mournful words, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! 
thou that killest the prophets and stoned them 
which are sent unto thee! How often would 1 
have gathered thy children together even as a 
hen gaihereth her chickens under her wings, and 
ye would not!” (Matt. 23:37). 

Oh, that thou, a nation, favored above every 
other, hadst known the time of thy visitation and 
the things that belong unto thy peace! 1 have 
stayed the angel of justice; I have called thee to 
repentance; but in vain. It is not merely serv- 
ants, delegates and prophets whom thou hast 
refused aud rejected, but the Holy One of Israel, 
my Redeemer, if thou art destroyed, thou alone 
art responsible. “Ye will not come unto me that 
je might have life ’ (John 2:40). 

Christ saw in Jerusalem a symbol of the world 
hardened in unbelief aud rebellion and not hesi- 
tating io meet such a retributive judgment of 
God. The woes of a fallen race pressing upon 
his soul forced from his lips that exceeding!) 
bitter cry. He saw the record of sin traced in 
human misery, tears and blood; his heart was 
moved with infinite pity for the afflicted and 
suffering ones of earth; he yearned to relieve 
them all, but even his hand might not turn back 
the tide of human woe; few would seek this only 
source of help. He was willing to pour out his 
soul unto death to bring salvation within theii 
reach; but few would come to him that they 
might have life. 

This scene is revealed to us at the present age, 
as it was at the time of the great destruction of 
the city of .Jerusalem, and Jesus is still revealing 
the exceeding sinfulness of sin to the human race 
in order to save sinners from the consequences 
of their transgressions. He is looking down to 
this lost generation with great love, to see the 
world involved in a deception similar to that 
which caused the destruction of Jerusalem. The 
great sin of the Jews was their rejectk 4 
Christ. The great sin of the Christian world at 
1 he present day is their rejection of the law of 
God. The foundation of his government in heaven 
and on earth, the word of God, is despised by so 
many, being yoked with unbelievers aud the pride 
— di this sinful world. Millions are in the bondage 
of sin, in blindness aud are slaves of Satan, 
doomed to suffer the second death, for refusing 
1 he word of God, the truth which God himself 
brought from heaven. 

With blindness in their day of visitation comes 
a terribly strange infatuation upon them. Two 
days before the Passover when Christ had, for the 
last time, departed from the temple, after de- 
nouncing the hypocrisy of the Jewish rulers, he 
again went out with his disciples to the Mount of 
Olive and seated himself upon a grassy slope 
overlooking the city. Once more he gazed upon 
its walls, its towers, its palaces; once more he 
beheld the temple in its dazzling splendor, a 
diadem of beauty crowning the sacred mount. 
A thousand years before the psalmist had mag- 
nified God’s favor to Israel In ma king this holy 
house his dwelling place — “in Salem also is his 
tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion" (Psa. 
76:2). He chose the tribe of Judah, the Mount 
Zion, which he loved, and he built his sanctuary 
like a high palace (Psa. 78:68, 69). 

The first temple had been erected during tile 
most prosperous period of Israel’s history. Vasi 
stores of treasure for this purpose had been col 
lot-led by David and plans for its construction 
were made by divine inspiration (1 Citron. 28: 


12-18). Solomon, the wisest of Israel’s monarchs, 
had completed the work in 1004 B. C. This tem- 
ple was the most magnificent building that the 
world ever saw; yet the Lord declared by the 
prophet Haggai concerning the second temple 
that the glory of this latter house should "be 
greater than of the former.” “I will shake all 
nations and the desire of all nations shall come, 
and I will fill this house with glory, saith the 
Lord of Hosts” (Hag. 2:6-7). In 588. B. C. the 
first temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. 
After a captivity of seventy years in Babylon 
the people returned to their wasted and almost 
deserted country and rebuilt the temple. There 
were then among them aged men who had seen 
the glory of Solomon’s temple aud who wept at 
the foundation of the new building that it must 
be so inferior to the former. The feeling that 
prevailed is forcibly described by the prophet: 
"Who is left among you that saw this house in 
her first glory? and how do ye see it now? Is 
it not in your eyes in comparison of it, as noth- 
ing?” (Hag. 2:3). Then was given the promise 
that the glory of this latter house should be 
greater than that of the former. But the second 
temple had not equaled the first in magnificence, 
nor was it hallowed by those visible tokens of 
the divine presence which pertained to the first 
temple. There was no manifestation of super- 
natural power to mark its dedication; no cloud 
of glory was seen to fill the newly erected build- 
ing. No fire from heaven descended to consume 
the sacrifice upon the altar. The shekinah no 
longer abode between the cherubim in the most 
holy place; the ark, the mercy-seat and the tables 
of the testimony were not found there; no voice 
sounded front heaven to make known to the 
inquiring kings and priests the will of Jehovah. 
For centuries the Jews had vainly endeavored to 
show wherein the promise of God given by Hag- 
gai had been fulfilled; yet pride and unbelief 
blinded their minds to the true meaning of the 
prophets words. The second temple was not 
Honored with one cloud of Jehovah’s glory, but 
with the living presence of One in whom dwelt 
the fulness of the Godhead bodily, who was God 
himself. (To be continued.) 

For the Herald of Truth. 

NO ROOM FOR JESUS. 

By a Sister. 

During the late Christmas holidays we heard 
much about Jesus being born in the stable and 
laid in a manger because there was no room for 
him in the inn. 

This event is an apt illustration ot the con 
dition of the human heart and the question pre- 
sents itself, Have we room in our hearts for the 
Savior sent into the world to redeem us? And 
when he knocks at the door of our hearts for 
admittance do we give heed to his call and open 
the door and welcome him into a house prepared 
for the dwelling of his Spirit? Or do we let him 
stand without, saying like one of old. Go thy way 
for this time, and when 1 have a more convenient 
season 1 will call for thee? 

We hear of so many deaths— so many accidents 
that bring death in all forms and ways; souls 
being called away without a moment’s warning. 
Oh, how needful that we should take heed unto 
these things and set our house in order and pre- 
pare ourselves for the sudden change that may 
so unexpectedly come upon us and take us from 
this world and usher us into the presence of an 
n up^nnHIpQ Cu d ! "Theref o re lie ye also ready , 
for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of 
Man cometh." May every one of us look to the 
Lord in the accepted time aud in the day of grace. 

•Life is the time to serve the Lord. 

The time to insure the great reward: 

And while the lamp holds. out to burn 
The vilest sinner may return. 

Life is the time that God has given 
To escape from hell and fly to heaven; 

The day of grace, aud mortals may 
Secure the blessings of the day.” 


HER A. LID OF TRUTH. 


TINGS from THE CHURCH AT 


foreign missions. 

India. — American Mennonite Mission. Dhamtari 
C P., India. Stations: Sundarganj, RudrJ, 

Leper Asylum, Balodgahan. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

Chicago.— Home Mission, 145 W. 18th Street, Chi- 
cago 111. A. H. Leaman, Supt. 

Chicago. -Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 

C h i c^go .— Hoy ne' 'a^ii u^M^ssimf^Cor . 33d Street 

Toronto, cXda^Honie Mission 461 King Street, 
B. Toronto. Samuel Honderich, Supt. 

Ft Wayne.— 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft. Wayne, Ind. 
J. M. Hartzler, Supt. . _ „ 

i ancaster 402 Rockland Street, Lancaster, Pa. 

Canton!— Mission Home. 1934 East Eighth Street. 

Canton Obio. P. R. Lantz, Supt. 

Kansas City.— 200 S. Seventh St., Kansas City. 

Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. 

Argentine, Kan. — 

BENEVOLENT AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS. 

Orphans’ Home-West Liberty, Ohio. A. Metzler, 

Old People's Home.— Marshallville, Ohio, R. F. D. 

J. D. Mininger, Supt. K Diener 

Old People’s Home— Oreville, Pa. A. K. Diener, 

La Junta Sanitarium. — La Junta, Colo. D. S. 
Weaver, Supt. 


Bro. B. B. King, formerly of the Fort Wayne 
Mission, is booked for a two weeks' series of meet- 
ing at the Mennonite Gospel Mission in Chicago. 
These meetings, it is arranged, will open on 
Beb 9 3 The Hoyne Avenue Mission has also 
had ' a " special revival meeting during the last 
several weeks under the care of A. H. Leaman, 

of the Home Mission. 

* * * 

The A. M. congregation at Metamora, 111., has 
passed through a season of spiritual refreshing 
in the recent past, and had six accessions to its 
membership on Sunday. Feb. 9. Bro. Andrew 
Bell rock officiated at these services. On the 
same day two precious souls were added to the 

church at Martinsburg, Pa. 

• * * 

The brethren in the Holdeman district, west of 
Wakarusa, Ind., are manifesting a commendable 
degree of activity in their work. Bro. Bixler has 

ln>,.n doing considerable evangelizing work; Bro 

Henry Weldy takes care of the Teegarden Union 
congregation: and recently it has been deemed ad- 
visable that Bro. Yoder of the same congregation 
should assist in the work in the Olive congrega- 
tion Besides this they have in charge the Union 
congregation several miles west of Wakarusa 
where Bro. 1. W. Royer of Goshen has just closed 
a series of meetings. Bro. Hygema is spending 
some months in California for the benefit of his 
health It is a wise plan to get all the laborers 
employed. We hope this congregation may con- 
timie to prosper. 

• * * 

Kent, Ohio, Feb. 14, 1908 .— Greeting to the Edi- 
tors and Readers of the Herald of Truth. Inas- 
much as the small congregation of Aurora. 1 or- 
lage Co., Ohio, recently experienced a very spir 
it mil and Joyous Bible conference, l felt that it 
would be a matter of interest to the readers or 
the Herald to know how the Lord had blessed 
the work. There were ten confessions during the 
meetings, which certainly gives us reason to re- 
joice We have the evidence in God's word that 
there is joy In heaven with the angels when sin- 
ners repenl and are saved, and as long as we 
have this assurance let us not be discouraged. 
Those converts were received into church mem- 
bership by water baptism on Feb. 9 by Bish. M. 
A. Mast or Holmes Co.. Ohio. They ranged in 
nge from eleven to nearly seventy years. 


The fact that precious young souls of tender 
years came to take up the cross and follow 
Christ was the chief cause that led one of these 
converts to come and give himself to the service 
of God. When he saw the lambs coming and he 
almost past the eleventh hour and still out of 
Chiist, It broke him down. All of these converts 
were faithfully taught the several church doc 
t l ines, as communion, feet-washing, non-resistance, 
non-swearing of oaths, prayer head-covering etc., 
which were rather new teachings to most of the 
converts, especially to the aged brother, who had 
never before heard teaching like this; but, thanks 
be to God, he believed and obeyed. He had so 
fully sui rendered himself to God that when at the 
first meeting after our baptismal service he was 
asked to lead in prayer he accepted the oppor- 
tunity and, oh! how he prayed that God would 
make him a better man, and for the young souls 
who confessed with him, that God should bless 
them and keep them that they might never lead 
such a life as he did. 

How is it with us, dear brethren? When we 
come to God in prayer we do not seem to have 
much to be thankful for, and not much to ask of 
God- or some of us will say, “I can’t pray,” not 
realizing that the gift and power of prayer comes 
from the Father alone, and if any good is ac- 
complished let us give God alone all honor and 
praise, which is his just due. 

In behalf of this small congregation here we 
ask all those who know the value of prayer to 
r* member us at Hie throne of grace, hoping that 
the good Lord will abundantly bless the brethren 
for i he truth they have brought unto us. 1 hope 
all of us may long remember this meeting. ^ With 
love to all I close. COR. 


Quarryville, Pa., Feb. 19, 1908— The congrega- 
tion at New Providence M. H. has been very much 
encouraged because of the manifestation of God’s 
power to convict and convert lost souls. We have 
just close d a series of meetings last night, con- 
ducted by Bro. John H. Moseman of Lancaster, 
Pa. Fifty-one precious souls have confessed Jesus 
as their Savior; seven of them made the good 
confession last night, waiting, as it were, for their 
last opportunity. This reminded us that many 
are waiting for their last opportunity and perhaps 
will never accept him at all. There are still 
i hose who were under conviction and counted 
the cost, desiring Lo be saved and longing to be 
Christians, but unwilling to step out for Chris', 
and confess him before the world. Oh, dear breth- 
ren and sisters, may our hearts be filled with 
love for lost souls and may we not cease to pray 
that God in his infinite mercy may grant them 
the grace they need by showing unto them the 
exceeding sinfulness of sin that they may be 
made willing to accept the overtures of mercy, 
while it is yet called to-day! May God bless and 
sustain all who have ventured out and put their 
(rust in his blessed word, and may we all be led 
by his guiding hand through life unto a glorious 
end in Christ. AMOS B. MILLER. 


Strasburg, Lancaster Co., Pa., Jan. 31, 1908. 
Dear Herald Readers: — Greeting in His name. 
•Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his good- 
ness and for his wonderful works to the children 
of men'" We have been realizing great blessings 
during the past weeks. We have just closed a 
series of meetings from Jan. 12 to 28. Forty-six 
precious souls confessed Christ. Our prayer is 
that they may be bright and shining lights in this 
world of sin. There were others who felt their 
need of a Savior, but were not quite willing to 
make the full surrender. May the Spirit still 
strive with them that they, too, may turn in with 

the people of God. _ 

These meetings were conducted by Bro. John B. 


February 27, 

Senger of Kinzer, Pa. May the precious truths 
we have hearij be unto us a treasure to heed In 
our dally life. Our prayer is that God may bless 
the. brother as he goes from place to place labor- 
ing in the vineyard of the Lord. Yours In Christ, 

M. S. HERR. 

* * * 

Weaverland, Pa., Feb. 17, 1908— Dear Herald 
Readers: — Greetings in the name of Jesus. Yes- 
terday Bro. John M. Mast of Morgantown, Pa., 
preached at Weaverland in the German language 
from 2 Pet. 1:5-10, by which he showed us from 
God's word that brotherly love must exist between 
us here if we would enjoy a heavenly home with 
the redeemed, in the afternoon he addressed the 
Sunday school at this place and In the evening 
he preached at Martindale in the English language 
from Rom. .11:22. Such brotherly visits between 
sister congregations are doing much toward bring- 
ing the non-resistant people Into a closer com- 
muni on with one another. 

Bish. Benjamin Weaver last night started a 
series of meetings at Millersville and Bro. Israel 
B. Good is at present engaged in a like work at 
Landisville, both in Lancaster Co., Pa. 

That much good may he done by the efforts 
put forth at these places is tne sincere prayer of 
all those who love to see an Increase in God's 
house. 

On Feb. 25 a minister will be ordained by the 
Weaverland conference In the Mennonite congre- 
gation at Weaverland. There are nine brethren 
voted for. The choice of a minister is God’s work, 
and no congregation need fear the result of his 
choice if his plans are fully carried out by his 
people. Let our prayers ascend for the humble 
submission of God’s people everywhere that he 
may always work out his own wise plans for our 

eternal welfare. M - G - WEAVER. 

* * * 

North Lima, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1908— Dear Editors 
and Readers of the Herald: -Greeting in the 
name of Him who gave his life for us that we 
might live. Nothing has appeared in the Herald 
from this place for some time, so I will write a 
few thoughts, being confident that It will be of 
interest to our many friends and readers of the 
Herald in different parts of this extensive world. 
The people and the church here are well generally, 
with some exceptions. We have been blessed 
with a fair winter thus far. The roads were 
frozen solid and pretty good most of the time. 
We had sleighing about a week, and a snow 

storm on Saturday, Feb. 8. 

I was looking for the report of the North Lima 
Bible conference to appear In the Herald, but 
in vain— one of the inconveniences of having two 
papers. The conference, conducted by I. J. Buch- 
walter and N. O. Blosser, was a rich, nourishing, 
spiritual feast, inspiring us to a higher standard 
of Christian living and enlightening and warning 
the unconverted. Eight persons stood up for 
Christ; nearly all young people. May they all 
be faithful soldiers of the cross. The attendance 
of the conference was good by both members and 
outsiders. A good many made use of the trolley 
. ears which run about three-fourths of a mile from 
d the North Lima M. H. and one-half of a mile 
18 from the Leetonia M. H. 

The church here contemplates starting a mis- 
sion in Youngstown. We are slow, but I hope 
sure Do we realize how much mission work we 
might do when we go to the city on business or 
, with produce, by giving tracts and by our un- 

en blamable conduct, being epistles known and read 

gs of all men? 

a a few families of our congregation that had 

,lx moved to towns and cities joined other churches, 

is Let such remember that it were better to rema n 

Ms in the church of their fathers, though they could 

eir not well attend regularly, than to Join another 

to church and probably be lured from the simplicity 

till of the gospel. Reading the Bible and the church 

ith paper and watching and praying are the best 
means of becoming and remaining established in 
B. (he faith, even If you have no church privileges. 


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One family who received the Herald free wrote 
a letter to the sender, thanking him and telling 
him that they read it through and how much they 
appreciated it. 

E. M. Detweiler, who was miraculously kept 
from being killed by his team becoming un- 
manageable, is well again, and is at present in 
Holmes county, holding a series of meetings. He 
also held series of meetings in Canton and near 
Medway, Ohio, with some confessions. 

Our aged bishop, John Burkholder, is at present 
tolerably well and able to do some church work. 
On Sunday, Feb. 9, he preached the regular ser- 
mon at the North Lima M. H. The other minis- 
ters were all at other posts of duty. He is much 
concerned al>out the welfare and prosperity of 
the church. He, as well as myself and many 
others, is grieved over the present affairs of our 
publishing interests. May we hope that it will 
all be for the best and for God’s glory. We are 
so attached to the Herald and the Words of 
Cheer and the Elkhart Lesson Helps, so ably 
edited by S. F. Coffman, that we feel to stick to 
them and give our mite in helping to support 
them. Kind reader, could we not do much more 
in helping to support and extend the circulation 
of these publications and encouraging the pub- 
lishers through adversities and disappointments, 
and thus do much missionary work for the Mas- 
ter? If only half of 11 s would get two subscribers 
the circulation would be doubled. How much 
good we might do to better the world and help 
the good cause by sending the papers free to 
poor ones and to such as ought to read them! 
Yours for His cause. JOSEPH METZLER. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

DIED IN INDIA. 

t 

Amos G. Horst, son of John E. Horst and grand- 
son of the late Bish. Michael Horst of Washing- 
ton Co., Md., died at Sripat, Bengal, Jan. 17, 
1908, of smallpox, at the age of 30 Y., 2 M., 2 D. 
He was born and grew to manhood in Washington 
Co., Md., hut when a young man he went to 
Kansas and made his home with some relatives 
near Newton, Harvey county. 

On Sept. 19, 1901, he was married to Susie, 
youngest daughter of Jacob B. Erb, near Newton, 
Kail. (She is also a sister to the writer.) After 
coming to Kansas he became very much inter- 
ested in the work of the Lord and a short time 
after their marriage they felt as though the Lord 
wanted them in the mission work somewhere 
They labored a short time at the Orphans’ Home 
at Hillsboro, Kan., and later went to Tabor, la- 
preparatory to entering Into the work in the for- 
eign field. The Hephzlbah Faith Missionary Asso 
elation of Tabor, la., sent them to India, leaving 
Newton, Kan., Aug. 2, 1905. and sailed from 
Seattle, Wash., Aug. 10, reaching India via Cal 
cutta about Oct. 1 following, having stopped a 
short tinje in Japan. 

Their mission station is a few hundred miles 
northeast of Dhamtari toward Calcutta. 

Since they were in India they worked hard to 
acquire the language, of which they just received 
sufficient that they could labor successfully with 
the natives, but God laid his hand upon the band 
of workers there and took away four mission- 
aries in about three weeks by that dreadful dis- 
ease smallpox. The first one to fall a victim 
was Bro. Josiah Martin of the River Brethren 
church, who went from Elizabethtown, Pa., some 
years ago; he died Dec. 30, 1907. On the morning 
of Jan. 17 his wife Rhoda died, and before she 
was buried the same afternoon Bro. Horst went 
to his reward. These two were buried the same 
evening at the same time. Four days later the 
fourth one, Bro. Vaughn, also passed away. 

Our sister writes that such a scene Is rarelv 
witnessed and they had to cry out as they looked 
upon the four mounds, ‘‘What does all this mean ! 
They all died with ‘glory" on their lips. Bro. 
Horst’s last words were, “It. is well wilh ray soul, 
but my glory will not be full till I get over 


HERALD OF TRUTH. 

yonder.” After this his tongue became stiff and 
he could talk no more, though conscious to the 
last, and quietly and gently fell asleep at 2:30 
p. m. on the day above mentioned. 

He leaves a widow and a five-year-old son 
(Eber) in India, and parents and a host of rela 
lives and friends in this country. 

They were compelled after the last one died to 
burn their thatched-roof house with a good share 
of their bed clothing, to prevent the disease from 
spreading any further. 

The last information we have is that none of 
the others had taken the disease, but as it takes 
a month to get communication from there we do 
not know what the next message may be. 

May Ood abundantly comfort the bereaved and 
may some one he raised up to fill the vacancies 
there, so the work of the Lord will not suffer. 

TILLMAN M. ERB. 
Newton, Kan., Feb. 20, 1908. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

CHRISTIAN WORK. 

By Emma Habig. 

Work is one of the requirements of a Christian. 
One cannot be a happy Christian and be idle. 
The Bible speaks of a diversity of gifts, but there 
is also a diversity of work. Some people are very 
much enthused in a certain line of work and they 
imagine that everybody else should be enthused 
in the same way. Suppose their advice would be 
heeded; the result would be that by their united 
efforts all Christendom would be devoted to one 
thing, while everything else would be neglected. 
We need preachers, teachers, mission workers, 
and workers in various fields. God has provided 
for the various wants by endowing his people with 
a diversity of gifts, and happy are they who seek 
these gifts and make use of them in places where 
they will be the most effective. 

There is no limit to the Christian’s work. Some 
can do more than others, but let each one do 
what he can. Do not measure your work with 
that of the average church member. The great 
work to be accomplished is the salvation of souls. 
To this end Christ gave his all — even his life. 
We do our share when we imitate him. 

Secret prayer, the power whicn is so little 
recognized; careful study of the Bible; kindness 
to children and care for their spiritual instruc- 
tion; consideration *or the feelings of others, and 
an occasional word to the unconverted; these 
are some of the things which help to constitute 
the ideal Christian worker. If those who profess 
Christianity would look around and see those 
whom 1 hey love going deeper and deeper into 
sin, see the crowded reform schools, jails, pen 
itentiaries and saloons, surely they would be up 
and doing something. 

mere is a great responsibility resting upon all 
Christians. Every Christian should be a worker 
for Jesus. Christian work carries with it a double 
blessing. It is upbuilding to ourselves and to 
others. Labor is never lost. Remain faithful and 
do what you can and you will receive a blessing 
and a reward. 

For tho Herald of Truth. 

THE CHURCH OF GOD. 

A certain author of modern times says, “The 
writer, believing that in Christ and his church 
the mystery of life and death is solved and 
man's duty and destiny revealed, deems it most 
important that the teachings of Christ and his 
ambassadors be understood and properly pre- 
sented to the world.” We agree with this thought. 

When we observe the divided condition of 
Christianity in general, and especially the great 
difference- of thought, views and opinions existing 
in the Mennonite church and its several branches, 
and the unsettled and varying interpretations of 
many portions of God’s word, as well as some of 
the fundamental doctrines of the gospel and the 


differences in their application and practice, we 
are forced to conclude that there must be Borne 
defect of no small magnitude in the teachings of 
those who are set and ordained to this important 
work; and hence the necessity of more and better 
teaching on many lines of our professed faith. 

We are influenced to a large degree by our sur- 
roundings. The life, doctrine, habits and prac- 
tices of our parents, our associates, etc., make 
impressions on our minds that will lead us in 
the same direction. The teachings of a book we 
read, the sentiments held forth in a sermon we 
hear, the subject of a conversation, or the relation 
of a story by a friend or even by a stranger, may 
leave an impression on our minds that will influ- 
ence our lives and lead us in the way to life or 
death. 

Hence it is a matter of vital importance that 
we consider every part of our faith, doctrine anti 
religious practices in the light of the gospel; for 
on these rest the issues of life and death. 

All sincere Christians desire to he right in 
their religious views and doctrines and it is neces- 
sary that they should he, because the Savior 
tells us plainly that, we are his disciples only if 
we keep his commandments; hut not every one 
who says, Lord, Lord, shall inherit the heavenly 
kingdom. In fact, Jesus says, "Many will say 
unto one in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not 
prophesied in thy name? and in thy name cast 
out devils? and in thy name done many wonder- 
ful works? And then will I profess unto them, 1 
never knew you; depart from me, ye that work 
iniquity.” 

Christianity, as compared with the religion oc 
the Jews and the requirements of the Mosaic 
law, is a new religion, but after all so intimately 
connected with it that we readily discover that 
the former was simply the type of that whicli 
was to follow, the imperfect, material shadow of 
the more perfect spiritual reality in Jesus Christ. 

Let us therefore consider the Scriptural reasons 
for the faith we have and examine ourselves In 
the light of gospel truth whether we be In the 
faith or not, whether we are building on the true 
foundation or not, whether we are in truth the 
followers of Christ, or whether we have only a 
form of godliness, while we fail to possess the 
power thereof. 

For the Herald of Truth 
SAVIOR, LEAD US. 

By Anna Lapp. 

Savior, wilt thou ever lead us 
In the strait and narrow way, 

And with heavenly manna feed us, 

That we never go astray! 

We are weak and poor and needy, 

Naught have we that is our own; 

Thou cansl help and none can hinder — 
Leave, oh! leave us uot alone. 

When dark clouds are hov'ring o’er us. 

And the storms around us blow, 

Help us find in thee a shelter, 

“Rock of Ages.” here below. 

Thou hast promised to befriend us 
In this friendless world of woe; 

And thy presence never fails us, 

When we trust in thee, we know. 

With thy loving arms around us, 

Keep us ever at thy side. 

May we there in sweet submission 
In thy law and love abide. 

Jl'hou art able to s ustain us. 

With the' power of thy grace, 

Daily helping us to gather 

Patience that will win the race. 

Fill us with thy Holy Spirit. 

Who will teach us what to do. 

In the secret of thy presence 

Keep us all our journey through. 

When our toils on earth are ended 
And we’re numbered with the blest. 

Then, in the spirit of thanksgiving. 

We can say, "Thy will was best.” 



HERALD of truth. 


February 27, 


| YOUNG PEOPLE’S BIBLE-MEETING PAGE 

TOPIC: TWO WORDS AND THEIK WEIGHT. Matt. 5:33-37; James 5:12 'Doctrinal). March 8, ’08 


THE LESSON MOTTO. 

The strongest word I can say to God is "Yes." 
The most effective word I can say to the world 
is "No." 

DAILY READINGS. 

March, 1908. 

2. M. — Mosaic custom. Gen. 24:2, 3; Gen. 26:31. 

.2. T. — God’s command lo swear. Lev. 19:12; 

Ex. 22:11. 

4. W. — Whom shall we hear? Deut. 18:15, 18, 19; 

John 1:45. 

5. T. — How to speak the truth. Eph. 4:10-17. 

t;. F. — A command violated by the oath. Ex. 

20:7. 

7. S. — Swearing tor our neighbor’s sake. Matt. 

10:37; Mark 8:38. 

8. S. — Two words and their weight. Matt. 5: 

33-37; James 5:12. 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE. 

Why is a man called upon to swear by that 
which he does not believe enough to obey? That 
is what the worldling does. He swears by what 
he does not really believe in, fully know or cheer- 
fully obey. Now, why should a man who says he 
is a follower of Christ, be asked to swear? God 
tells us, "Him shall ye hear.” Jesus says, “Let 
your yea be yea, and your nay, nay.” He not 
only tells us that we shall not swear, as did they 
of old lime, but he tells us what to do instead. 
He supplies the rule I hat shall govern those who 
say that they will "hear him.” Now do we hear 
him if we use the oath, against his command? 
The law says. Swear; Christ says, Swear not. 
Whom shall we obey? Civil law demands the 
oath, but Christ asks us to say yea or nay. 
Ought we to obey Christ or men? The powers 
that be are ordained of God. but they are fallible 
in their administration, as well as in their inter- 
pretation of God’s purpose for them or the limits 
within which God wants them to operate. And 
hence God's perfect law, Christ’s direct command 
must take precedence with us even in the de- 
mands of civil law. They serve the highest pur- 
j>ose of human and divine law who give Christ 
the highest place in authority. 

Not long ago I was in attendance at a trial in 
court. A witness was called upon to take the 
oath. He addressed the court: “Your Honor, 1 
shall affirm.” “Do you mean that you will not 
swear?” "I mean that l shall, as a map who 
fears God and nothing but God, apeak the truth 
upon my affirmation or without it.” "What is 
your religion?” “My religion is to speak the 
truth.” "Oh, well, then raise your hand and 
affirm.” "I will speak the truth without raising 
my hand.” "All right, then.” And the man 
affirmed. After the trial a juror said, “That man 
was the only one among all the witnesses whose 
word we did not doubt.” And his testimony saved 
a fellow-man from being very unjustly dealt with, 
notwithstanding the "sworn” statements of the 
complainant and his witnesses. 

What did Jesus mean when he said, "Swear 
not AT ALL”? Did Jesus mean or did he not 
mean what he said? Does “not at all” allow some 
kind of swearing, as some people think? If 
under the Old Testament law the oath, to which 
Jesus referred as being used, meant a vow or 
judicial oath, is it at all consistent to say or 
think I hat when he said, “But I say unto you. 
Swear not at all,” he suddenly meant to forbid 
only profanity, when he had no reference to 
profanity when he spoke of the conditions as 
exisling "of old”? Let us be consistent in our 
deductions. Let us not, in our efforts to reconcile 
an error of the Romish church and that ha3 
been unfortunately perpetuated in the Protestant 
church, put the plain statements of our Lord to 
open ridicule before a caviling world. "Swear not 


at all,” means, swear under no circumstances. 

It. is unnecessary. Christ wants his followers to 
rise higher than the low plane that would make 
an oath necessary. To use the oath seems like 
an admission that we are not true to our pro- 
fession, that we obey God only as the Jews did, 
by compulsion, because we are afraid of his 
judgments, but not because we love him and b ls 
word. God does not ask us to swear for the sake 
of setting a good example to our neighbor when 
in so doing we violate his command. There Is 
the inconsistency. May our lives day by day be 
so consistent, so conformed to God’s will, that 
our yea and nay will be accepted by all who 
know us as though God were present, as indeed he 
is, and that what we say will never be questioned. 

BIBLE HINTS. 

Matt. 5:33. The Savior puts the matter in a 
rather strange way, as if those to whom he spoke 
were not very familiar with the Old Testament 
teaching on the subject, or as if it were almost 
in the nature of a tradition. No doubt, the Phari- 
saic interpretation of the Old Testament on vows 
and bonds and the like was as garbled and dis- 
torted and misleading as it was on most other 
points. But whatever it may have been, Jesus 
once and for all time would settle the matter 
when he said: 

Matt. 5:34. “Swear not at all.” Ex. 20:7 says, 
"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy 
God in vain.” Lev. 19:12 taught the Jews not 
to swear falsely or profanely; Num. 30 gives in- 
structions concerning vows and oaths, and these 
are practically all the Old Testament teachings 
on the whole matter, and right in the face of 
these teachings Jesus says, “Swear not at all,” 
neither by things in heaven or on earth. What, 
then, is left to swear by? Some one may say. 
The devil. But the devil was a liar from the 
beginning and is the father of lies, and is there- 
fore of no authority. 

Matt. 5:37. Whether in court, office, street, 
field, home, social circle, or wherever you may be, 
“let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay.” 
This is enough; more is evil because at best it 
must weaken or detract from your standing as a 
follower of Him who said, “I am the way, the 
TRUTH, and the life.” When a thing is round 
you cannot add to its roundness; when it is 
straight you cannot make it "straighten If a 
thing be yea, can an oath add to its positiveness? 
Then why should a Christian ever use it? 

James 5:12. James gives various admonitions, 
and above all other things on which he admon- 
ishes us, he begs us never to swear. If James in 
his time saw that the use of the oath under any 
circumstances would condemn a Christian in the 
light of Christ’s teaching in Matt. 5:33-37, and 
furthermore, if the. early Christians in obedience 
to these divine and apostolic admonitions never 
used nor allowed the oath, how, when and where 
did its use finally begin? Ask Constantine. Ask 
the Romish church fathers, ask even Luther. 
Zwingli. Calvin, but not Melanchton, for he op- 
posed it. Read Menno Simon on “The Swearing 
of Oaths.” But above all these, read Jesus him- 
self on the matter in Matt. 5:33-37, and then, 
“above all things, my brethren, swear not.” 

ILLUSTRATIONS. 

The Testimony of John Huss. 

The pious John Huss, who was condemned, by 
the Papists, at their council at Constance, to be 
burned, said, when brought before the council 
and asked regarding his confession, “I am pressed 
on all sides. If I swear, I have eternal death; 
and if I do not swear, I will fall into your hands. 


But I would rather fall into your hands, without 
swearing, than to sin in the face of God.” Thus 
considerately did this man of God weigh the 
words yea and nay. 

Almost Universal Profanity. 

Where, in all the world, is there more swearing 
than in the United States? Where in all the 
world is there as much profanity as in the 
United States? Have these things any relation 
to each other? What does the oath amount to in 
court? How is it usually administered? Profanity, 
in some form or another, forms a very large part 
of the vocabulary of some people. Hardly one 
pure sentence is spoken by them. Their sin- 
stained, polluted lips poison the moral atmosphere 
with their profane belchings. Once in a while 
they are arrested. The average city paper in 
thinly disguised language tries to hold the com- 
plainant up to “goody-goody” ridicule, and the 
defendant is taken before a court where the 
chances are that he swears that he did not swear! 
But even the use of by-words is to be condemned. 
What does the term, "Goodness gracious!” come 
from originally but “Great God!” The word 
“Gee!” used so. much is only a shortened form 
of the word “Jesus.” Can we not as young people 
and older ones, too, strip our vocabulary of all 
such reeking patches of evil. Let us ask God 
for grace to speak soberly, discreetly, chastely 
in all our conversation, that the world may know 
that we have been with Jesus and learned of him. 

SUBJECTS FOR TALKS OR ESSAYS. 

1. The use of the oath in Old Testament times. 

2. What is an oath? 

3. Various forms of the judicial oath. 

4. Why I should not swear. 

Practical Points, Sunday School Lesson, Mar. 1. 

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and 
his ears are open to their cry. The lifting up of 
the eyes of Jesus reveals to him the great world 
hungering and thirsting for his mercies. The 
powers of the mere man to satisfy the needs of 
the world are line two hundred pennies plus five 
loaves and two small fishes. The ministration of 
man to man may palliate the sense of hunger, but 
does not meet the actual need. — S. F. Coffman. 

REPORT 

Of the Mennonite Home at Lancaster, Pa., for 
January, 1908. 

Contributions. — Fannie Buckwalter, |1; Martha 
Miller, 50c; David Z. Burkhart, $1; Amos W. 
Burkhart, $1; Edward H. Shirk, $1; Israel G. Mus 
ser, $1; Anna Weaver, $2; John Shirk, 50c; Mag- 
dalena Hershey, $2; Menno B. Fry, i2 “Christian 
Advocate”; Nathan Eberly, applebutter; John 
Buckwalter, applebutter and apples; East Peters- 
burg Sewing Circle, quilt; John Herr, cake; Mrs. 
Cassel. cake; Lizzie Rohrer, corn; Abraham K. 
Landes, dried apples, soap,* eggs and applebutter; 
Mrs. Jacob Newcumber, canned fruit; Mary Bren- 
neman, lot clothing; Anna Brenneman, canned 
pears. 

Services. — Jan. 5 David Westenberger and Ja- 
cob E. Ebersole filled the regular appointment: 
on the 19th John Lefever filled the regular ap- 
pointment; text, Rom. 5:1, 2. We had Sunday 
school regularly. 

Health throughout January was not extra good. 
Abram L. Herr died on the 12th. John Grumleigh 
had been seriously sick, but is better again. 
Rebecca Eshleman has been sick in bed for some 
time and is about again. Daniel Shelly has not 
come to the table for about six weeks, and a num- 
ber of others have been down for a few days. 

Housecleaning.— On Jan. 21 fifty kind-hearted 
"brethren and sisters came to the Home and all 
joined in scrubbing and cleaning up the new add! 
tion to the Home. We wish to extend to them 
our heart-felt thanks. 

There were about sixty-five visitors at the Home 
during January. Gratefully acknowledged, 

A. K. DIENER. 


HERALD OF TRUTH 


73 


| Young People’s Depart ment 

In consequence of the opposition that has arisen 
against the discontinuation of the motto, “In God 
we trust,” on the gold and silver coins of this 
country, the house committee on weights and 
measures has unanimously agreed to report favor- 
ably on the new bill requiring the restoration of 
the motto. For very many people the gold coins 
would be more appropriate it they bore the motto, 
"In gold we trust.” 

* 

On the evening 'of Feb. 20 Gen. Stoessel was 
condemned to death by a military court at St. 
Petersburg, Russia, for the surrender of Port 
Arthur to the Japanese during the Russo-Japanese 
war. The court, however, recommended that the 
Czar commute the death sentence to imprison- 
ment for teu years in a fortress and exclusion 
from service. Possibly according to Russian or 
even common military law such a sentence is 
right. If war is right, then the sentence is at 
least in accord with the spirit of war, and there- 
fore just. But what of war? 

+ 

Dr. Watson L. Gill of Stamford, Conn., president 
of the American Patriotic League, has announced 
a plan to establish a new move for universal 
peace by establishing correspondence between 
school children in the United States and other 
countries. Acquaintance thus gained, it is hoped, 
will be of value in settling international disputes. 
A better plan would be to have the teachers of 
these same schools put less stress upon the 
glorious (?) achievements of "our armies and 
navies” and teach the children the value of peace 
and the arts of peace as a means for advancing 
the nations along those lines that mean most for 
true civilization. Nor need it be confined to the 
teachers. The ministers in the pulpits should 
stop lauding the human butchers of past ages, 
on certain occasions during the year, and turn 
their attention to preaching the gospel of Jesus 
Christ, the gospel of universal peace and good 
will. 

* 

Investigation into the conditions existing in 
certain penal institutions and others where chil- 
dren of weak intellect or who are destitute are 
kept as public charges, has brought to light con- 
ditions that are almost incredible. Not long ago 
a boy was tortured in one 01 these Institutions 
until in his frenzy he tried to end his sufferings, 
and between his own efforts and the tortures in- 
flicted by his keepers the institution has one less 
to care for. However, the boy’s statement to his 
mother on his deathbed and tin' confession of an 
attendant of the institution brought about a thor- 
ough investigation which resulted in the dismissal 
of a number of the principal persons in the in- 
stitution. Last week in an institution in Ohio a 
boy is said to have been punished by a young 
lady, the assistant matron of the Home, by having 
his tongue tacked to a chair, because he was 
accused of the the*, of a pencil and refused to 
acknowledge it or to express sorrow tor the deed. 
These and other more atrocious deeds committed 
by those in authority in homes where helpless or 
homeless children are placed to be cared for by 
the benevolent (?) hand of the state, leads us to 
question the methods that are used by the civil 
authorities, in many cases, for providing care and 
attention for these wards of the commonwealth. 
It is a most unfortunate thing for this country of 
ours that the imp known as politics is permitted 
to control so large an influence in such affairs. 
Humanity, benevolence, moral fitness and other 
very necessary qualifications are secondary to 
political “pull.” It is true that it is hard to lay- 
blame very heavily on the powers that be when 
even in church affairs there is an influence used 
which, when shorn of all the sanctimonious pre- 
tence that surrounds it, is nothing but politics 
pure and simple, and w-hich is used in much the 


same way and for the same purpose. But in the 
name of humanity what are such so-called ben- 
evolent and humane institutions for if they are 
not for the protection and aid of the unfortunate? 
If, as it so often seems, they are only used as 
places In which to hide crimes that for brutality 
and heinousness are rivaled only by the infamous 
Spanish Inquisition, and almost absolutely safe 
irom detection or punishment for years- by the 
civil authorities, then better let those unfor- 
tunates fare as best they can in the open light 
of day. Happy and blessed indeed are such little 
homeless ones who come under me care of those 
in the far too few benevolent homes where real 
Christian influences and Christian training are 
their lot. The most excellent work done and 
supported by the Mennonite church at home 
and abroad in this direction is one that cannot 
be too highly commended. Nor can it be too 
liberally supported. The best that could be done 
by the civil authorities, it seems to us, would be 
to bring every public benevolent institution more 
directly under the supervision of those whose 
known philanthropy and benevolence would stand 
as a guarantee that the unfortunates placed 
therein would receive the attention to which they 
are so richly entitled. 

For the Herald of Truth. 

FALLEN BY THE WAYSIDE. 

By Edward J. Lacourciere. 

As 1 was walking one cold winter day through 
the streets of a large city I could hear a short 
distance away great shouts of joy and laughter. 
Hurrying my footsteps toward the spot I saw to 
my amazement a throng of people standing 
around an old lady tattered and torn, who had 
fallen by the wayside. My heart was instantly 
filled with pity and respect for her when I saw 
that she was the object of their laughter and 
jeers. I was about to make my way through the 
crowd to assist her, when I saw to my surprise a 
bright-eyed iad . of perhaps fifteen years of age 
dash through the throng and stoop to give her 
a helping hand that she might reach her home in 
safety and get away from the heartless crowd 
who stood by. They stood aside to let them pass, 
when the boy shouted, "Shame on you all for 
this!” 

Perhaps you have a mother at home, some of 
you. who is old and feeble, my young readers. 
There were young boys of perhaps your age who 
were in that throng shouting and laughing at 
her. What depravation it must be to the soul 
of one who does not feel either respect or sym- 
pathy for the old and feeble, whether rich or poor? 
Every reader cf this true story should take this 
as a lesson and always try and lend a helping 
hand to the old and unfortunate, as our young 
hero did. and you will one day be well repaid by 
your Lord and Savior. You will also feel from 
the bottom of your heart more joy and pleasure 
for your grand and noble deed than those who 
stand by to laugh and jeer at her. 


MARRIED. 

Click — Brubaker. — On Feb. 20, 1908, Bro. Levi 

S. Gliek of Surrey, N. D.. and Sister Ella Bru- 
baker of Wayne Co., Ohio, were united in mar 
riage at the home cf the officiating minister, Benj. 
Gerig. near Smithville, Ohio. May God’s blessing 
attend them through life. 


DEATHS. 


Rutt. — Jacob B. Rutt of near Bareville, Lancas- 
ter Co.. Pa., died of diabetes on Feb. 12, 1908, 
at the age of 49 years. He leaves a wife and 
four children. Funeral was held on the 17th ai 
the Weaverland M. H. Services were conducted 
by John Kurtz and Menno Zimmerman. Peace 
to his ashes. 


Kurtz.— Abraham Kurtz of near Morgantown. 
Berks Co., Pa., died Feb. 8, 1908; aged 89 years. 
Death resulted from a complication of diseases 
due to old age. His wife died twelve years ago. 
He leaves seven children. Buried on the 13th. 
He was a member of the A. Mennonite church. 

Swartzendruber. — Sister Elizabeth, wife of C. C. 
Swartzendruber, died on Feb. 4, 1908, at her home 
near Amish. Johnson Co., Iowa, of heart trouble. 
She was ailing more or less for a year or more, 
but was up and about most of the time until the 
last few days of her life. She reached the age 
of 67 Y„ 9 M„ 11 D. She leaves a sorrowing 
husband, six sons and five daughters to mourn 
their loss, but not as those who have no hope. 
She was the first member of the family to depart. 
She was a faithful and consistent member of the 
Amish Mennonite church, with which she united 
in her girlhood days. Funeral services took place 
Feb. 7 at Lower Deer Creek M. H., attended by 
a very large concourse of relatives and friends. 
Funeral sermons by J. F. Swartzendruber and 
Peter Kinsinger. Text, 1 Cor. 15:42-46. 

Kauffman. — Jennie May Kauffman was born 
Jan. 18, 1891; died at the home of her father in 
McAUisterville, Juniata Co., Pa.. Feb. 12. 1908; 
aged 17 Y., 27 D. She was a young sister, beloved 
by all who knew her, possessed a kind disposition 
making friends wherever she went. She worked 
in a factory in her home town, where a number 
of girls worked with her, all of whom speak of 
Jennie in the highest terms. Her employer said 
to the writer, “Jennie was a very good girl — we 
will miss her.” He further said on the day of 
the funeral. “We will close the factory and attend 
the funeral.” Six of the factory girls carried her 
to her last resting place In the silent city of the 
dead. There were no flowers, but many tears for 
the one they loved so much. Jennie united with 
the Mennonite church at the age of fourteen and 
was a consistent member. Her seat in the M. H. 
was seldom vacant and she was not ashamed to 
let the light of the gospel shine out in her life. 
On the way to the place of interment a man re- 
marked, ‘ When my daughters were in company 
with Jennie I felt safe, knowing that she would 
not lead them to do anything that was not right.” 
She leaves a sorrowing father, step-mother, two 
step-sisters and three step-brothers. Her mother 
and one sister preceded her to the spirit world. 
Interment at Lanver M. H., where the services 
were conducted by Samuel Leiter and Wm. G. 
Sieber from John 11:28. last clause. May our 
heavenly Father comfort the bereaved ones and 
help us all to live closer to the Master. 

Johns. — John Johns was born in Somerset Co.. 
Pa., Jan. 20. 1824: died of the infirmities of old 
age at the home of his son-in-law. Peter C. 
Schrock near Wauseon. Ohio. Feb. 10, 1908; aged 
84 Y.. 20 D. He united with the A. M. church at 
the age of nineteen and on Nov. 17. 1844, he was 
united in marriage with Catharine Yoder, who 
survives him. They lived together in this holy 
bond 63 Y., 2 M.. 23 D. This union was blessed 
with seven children. 51 grandchildren and 36 
great-grandchildren. One son and four daughters 
survive him. Ill October. 1865, he moved with his 
family to Lagrange Co.. Ind., and in March, 1902. 
he realized that the cares of looking after a farm 
were too many for him and therefore he sold his 
farm and moved onto a lot near Goshen. Ind. In 
July, 1907. they made their home with their daugh- 
ter Lena, where on the above date he fell peace- 
fully asleep in the blessed hope of being with 
Christ, which is far better. Funeral on the 12th 
at the Central M. it. Services by D. J. Wyse 
from 2 Tim. 4:7. 8. and by Christian Freyenberg 
from John 5:24, 25. 

Netrouer. — On Feb. 9. 1908, in Newlon. Kan., ot 
stomach and heart trouble, Samuel Netrouer; 
aged 57 Y.. 7 M.. 13 I). Funeral services were 
held in the city by T. M. Erb from 2 Cor. 5:9. 10 
The congregation was exhorted to know that we 
are the Lord’s, whether in his service or not, and 
each one is to give an account of the things done 
in the body whether good or bad. at the grea’ 
judgment seat of Christ. Hence we should all 
exert ourselves in all faithfulness to the end and 
obtain the eternal crown of reward and have a 
resting place with Jesus where all tears are 
wiped away and win re sorrows never come. The 
burial took place at the Pennsylvania \l. H . where 
Bro. D. Zook spoke from 1 Cor. 15:54. 55. Bro. 
Netrouer suffered much during his thirty days of 
suffering, hut he said Jesus suffered greatly for 
him and therefore rejoiced while lie said. “Glory 
to His name!’’ 

Bear. — Bro. Christian Bear was horn March 23. 
1857. and died near Woodburn, Oregon. Feb. 9. 
1908; aged 50 Y.. 10 M., It D. Buried Feb. 11 
at Sunnydale Cong, cemetery. Funeral services 

by A. P. Troyef in English and Geiger in 

the German language from Isa. 38:1. last clause. 
Bro. Bear was a member of the Swiss Mennonite 
church for many years. Peace to his ashes. 





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The Herald of Truth is the organ of the follow- 
ing Mennonite Conferences; 

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16. Alberta, N. W. T., Canada. 

17. Pacific Coast District. 

Koch, — John Koch was born In Markham Twp., 
York Co., Ont,, and died at his late residence 
near Markham on Feb. 10, 1908, at" the ripe age 
of 85 Y., 1 M„ 14 D, Bro. Koch was for the 
greater part of his life a member of the Menno- 
nite church, where he always manifested a deep 
interest in the cause of his Master. In faith ana 
practice he was a pillar in the church. He was 
first married to Hannah Lehman and after her 
decease was joined in wedlock to Mary Wideman. 
His second wife preceded him a little oyer two 
years. He kept his bed for a year before his 
death and peacefully passed away from the effects 
of old age. Funeral was held on the 12th inst. 
at the Wideman M. H., where a large number of 
friends and neighbors assembled to show the 
esteem which they had for the departed brother. 
The services were conducted according to Bro. 
Koch s request by S. R. Hoover and L. J. Burk- 
holder. Text, Job 5:26. 

Ml ce , — Near Columbus. Kan., on Feb. 16, 1908, 
Sister Sarah Elizabeth Nice died at the age of 
SO Y 28 D. Sister Nice was born at Northamp- 
lon, Bucks Co.. Pa., Jan. 19, 1828^ She moved 
with her parents to Summit Co.. Ohio, In 1844. 
and was married to Valentine Nice in 1846. in 
1860 ihey moved to Clay Co., Ind., where ’bey 
resided until 1881. when they moved to their 
present home near Columbus, Kan. She was a 
member of the Mennonite church for fifty-tour 
vears. She leaves an aged companion and seven 
children. Three sons live in Ohio, one son In 
Colorado, one daughter in Indiana, and two sons 
at Columbus, Kan. Services were conducted by 
N. H. Shenk at Bethany ehttreh from John 8 : •>! . 
Many friends were present to pay respect to one 
they had learned to love. ®. “• 

Weaver. Peter Weaver was horn near Berlin, 

Holmes Co., Ohio, in 1842. and died in Clackamas 
county Jan. 26, 1908. He was married to Cath- 
arine Yoder in 1868. To this union were horn two 
sons and three daughters. He leaves a wife, two 
sons (one in Oregon and one in Indiana), also 
three sisters (living in Oregon); also seven grand- 
children survive to mourn his death. Two broth- 
ers. five sisters and one grandchild have pre- 
ceded him to the spirit world. His age was 65 
Y 1 M 27 D. His remains were laid to rest in 
i lie Hopewell cemetery. Bro. Weaver was a mem- 
ber of the Mennonite church. Funeral services 
were conducted by L. J. Yoder and J. D. Mishler. 
A large concourse of friends and neighbors at- 
tended the funeral. 

Ziegler.— Bro. Abraham Ziegler, residing about 
si mile west of Lederachsville, Pa., died on Mon- 
day evening. Felt. .1. 1908. of broncho-pneumonia, 
after an illness of several weeks; aged 74 Y., 7 M.. 
27 D lie is survived by a widow, four sons and 
four daughters, besides several brothers and sis- 
ters. Funeral was held on the 9th at the Salford 
Mennonite M. H., where the deceased was a mem- 
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editorial notes. 

A letter without a signature came to us with 
some important business. If this meets the eye 
of the writer and he will send us his name, we 
will gladly attend to his requests. 

* 

In our next issue we will begin a series of 
articles to run through several numbers, by Bro. 

C. B. Brennemau of Allen Co., Ohio, tor the 
benefit of beginners in Christian life. 

•* 

The excellent and encouraging report of the 
Toronto Mission, we feel sure, will be read with 
interest by all the friends of the mission. We 
are glad for what is being done by our people 
in that city. 

* \ 

Near Dodge City, Ford Co., Kan., there is now 
a settlement of Old Order Amish brethren and 
sisters, numbering seventeen families or thirty-six 
members. The settlement is about two years old, 
and an infant child, which died several weeks 
ago was the first of this settlement to be called 
away and was the first to be buried in the grave- 
yard laid out for the people of this faith. 

* 

A card from Bro. J. A. Ressler at Dhamiari. 
India, dated Jan. 30, states that Sister Una is 
still far from well, and that duties are urgently 
pressing on all sides, and for that reason some 
of the foreign correspondence is not responded o 
as promptly as it would be under other condi- 
lions. When will the trying condition of too 
much work for the workers be relieved? 

+ 

Our reduced prices on books have started the 
trade with renewed vigor and a number of books 
sod tracts that were thought slow sellers are 
already exhausted, among them the German Book 
of Martyrs. The English Book of Martyrs and 
Menno Simons’ Complete Works are going and 
.hose who want them should not wait until the 
edition is closed out. Send your orders without 
delay. 

* 

A new ruling of the postmaster-general makes 
it necessary that publishers insist upon having 
their patrons pay for their papers in advance, in 
order to obtain the benefits of the law which 
allows papers to be sent to regular subscribers 
TZ rate of one cent a pound. We there ore 
ask those who are in arrears for the Herald o 
Truth to kindly help ns out on this deal by paying 
for their papers in advance. 

* 

Worthy of Imitation. — In a certain congregation 
the young people have formed a club to secure at 
chtb rate/.he Words of Cheer for the present 
year. We arc glad to see this movement among 
our young people, and we would suggest that in 
every congregation a similar m « ve “ en be _ 
stituted and -hat you write to us for terms. This 
sister says. “They (the members of this clubl 
seem to he very much pleased with the paper 
and would like to have It again this year. 


are very willing that they should have it and shall 
he glad to supply any number of similar clubs. 
The paper is one of the purest and best published 
and should be read in every Mennonite family. 
Send for sample copies. Address, Mennonite Pub- 
lishing Co.. Elkhart, Ind. 

* 

The series of articles on the “Evils that 
Threaten the Church and How to— Counteract 
Them,” by Bro. S. G. Shetler, published in recent 
numbers of the Herald of Truth, are articles ot 
special merit and deserve our careful and prayer- 
ful consideration. Upon the purity and piety of 
the church depend the salvation of souls and her 
future prosperity. This is one of the subjects 
we should never forget. The pure, pious, God- 
fearing saints from the days of Paul had con- 
tinually in mind the future of the church and they 
handed down fratai generation to generation the 
blood-stained banner of a persecuted and suffering 
church, and we have inherited from them a 
precious legacy to which we also should add 
some mark of our faithfulness and devotion, so 
that we also may be able to hand it down to the 
generation after us, not only untarnished, but 
brighter and more precious than we received it. 
To bring about this desirable end Bro. Shetler 
has done a considerable part in these articles, 
and we hope his efforts may not have been in 
vain. 

* 

During the recent past we hear a stereotyped 
expression that the Mennonite Publishing Hcuse. 
i. e. the Mennonite Publishing Company and its 
founder, are entitled to some credit for the good 
they have done in the years gone by, from which 
by inference, of course, we must conclude that 
these people want to say that though the Menno- 
nite Publishing Company and its managers did 
some good in the years past they are not doing 
any good now. Facts and figures, however, show 
lhat this concern is not idle, neither has it ceased 
its efforts in the good cause. 

A special investigation on this question shows 
that this concern is quite as active now in the 
good work as in years past, and that the volume 
of good literature we publish and circulate 
among our Mennonite people is as large as. if 
not larger than, it was in most of the years in 
which they give us credit for having done sonic 
good to the church and the cause of Christ. 

The Mennonite Publishing Company now prints 
and circulates every week among the Mennonite 
people of this country and Europe an average of 
twenty-one thousand copies of the various period- 
icals published by them, aggregating about one 
million and one hundred thousand copies annually . 
besides the large amount of religious books, pam- 
phlets. tracts, cards, mottoes, charts, reward cards, 
sold daily and circulated among our people and 
others. From these facts and figures we believe 
the Mennonite Publishing Company is entitled to 
considerable credit for doing good even now. as 
well as in the years past. We still solicit the 
patronage of our people and have the facilities 
to meet the demands of our patrons and the 
brotherhood in general. 

* 

The Anabaptists, known largely in Germany and 
some other parts of Europe as “Wiedertaeufer ' 
and in America as Mennonites. have an interest 
ing history, and one of the reasons why their 
history is not more extensively known is briefly 


explained by Henry C. Vedder, one of the biog- 
raphers of Balthasar Hubniaier, one of the heroes 
of the Reformation, who lived at the period of 
lime in which Luther figured so largely in the 
work of the Reformation, Hubmaier being two or 
three years older than Luther. Vedder says. 
“Few people have fared so hard at the hands of 
the historians as the Anabaptists. Until a genera- 
tion ago writers of every school did little more 
than repeat the rash and unjust and often slan- 
derous statements of contemporaries of this sect.” 
False statements and incorrect charges were 
continually brought against them from the fact 
lhat because of their purity of life, their zealous 
devotion to gospel truths, their faithful obedience 
to all the commandments of Christ and their un- 
flinching steadfastness to their profession, they 
were willing to suffer imprisonment, torture and 
death itself rather than give up their faith or 
prove untrue to the teachings of the Savior, And 
for this reason they stirred up the envy and 
prejudices of the established church and drew 
away from popular churches large numbers ot 
the people. The writers of that day went so far 
even as to accuse the quiet, peace-loving Wal- 
denses and the pure followers of Menno with all 
the inconsistencies and errors of the fanatic, 
violent and rebellious followers of Muenster, and 
the writers of that age, as Vedder says, did little 
more in their historic accounts than repeat these 
incongruities, and it is with deep regret that we 
see many of the later writers following in the 
same wake and continuing to repeat the same old 
story. 

Bro. C. H. Smith of Metamora, 111., who has 
already attained to the honorable cognomen ct 
"Mennonite Historian,” is quietly, though dili- 
gently, pressing forward in the work and we are 
expecting to see from his efforts and researches 
within a few years a history that will be read 
with deepest interest by many non-Mennonites 
as well as by our own people, in which many of 
these errors and inconsistencies will be corrected. 
* 

A New Book.— Bro. S. F. Oingerieh has writ- 
ten a hook, “Wordsworth, a Study in Memory 
and Mysticism." Bro. Gingerich is teacher of 
English in Goshen College, a deep thinker and an 
able writer. The book is now being printed at 
the office of the Mennonite Publishing Co., at 
Elkhart. Ind.. and will he on sale in a week or 
two. The book deals with Wordsworth, both 
from the historical and psychological standpoint. 
He shows how both the outer events of the times 
and the inner qualities of his character naturally 
led Wordsworth to emphasize the value of child- 
hood memories and to develop the spirit of the 
wonderful and the mystical nature. The hook 
has one chapter on the matt anil his times; three 
chapters on the memories of childhood ami their 
development, ethical meaning and artistic value; 
three chapters on mysticism, its development. 

ethlcnl meaning and arti stic valu e, and one ch ap- 

ter on philosophy, which answers the question. 
How far and in what sense was Wordsworth a 
philosopher? 

A number of literary scholars from the Uni- 
versity of Indiana and the University of Penn- 
sylvania have road the manscript copy and arc 
unanimous in their opinions of Its merits. They 
speak very favorably of it and have strongly 
advised Its publication. The following from Dr. 






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Howe and Prof. Brooks are a few of the testi- 
monials: . 

Yon nave ceriainly turned out a first-class 
piece of criticism. I fear that I can scarcely 
offer any adequate or unfavorable criticism on ‘ 
the work, since I approve so heartily.— Will U 
Howe, Indiana University. 

Dear Mr. Gingerich:— Your book on Words- 
worth holds my interest from beginning to end. 

My delight is great in the quiet, keen, expressive 
force of many of your statements. It is Words- 
worth’s simplicity, his power to make the com- 
monplace radiant; every “common sight" seems 
celestial while it yet remains common— this, to 
my mind, is the God-like in him. And for me the 
use and charm of your book lies in the uncom- 
mon clearness with which you bring into the 
open these not very generally recognized qualities 
of the poet— Very sincerely yours. Alfred Man- 
fred Brooks, Indiana University. 

The book contains 207 octavo pages, is neatly 
bound in fine English cloth and sells at $1.20 per 
copy. Send orders to S. F. Gingerich, Goshen, 

Ind. 

PERSONAL MENTION. 

Bro. Geo. Lambert spent Sunday, Feb. 23. with 
the brotherhood at Yellow Creek and conducted 
the services. 

Bish. and Sister Christian Krehbiel of Halstead, 
Kan., will celebrate their golden wedding on 
March 15. 1908.— | The Mennonite.] 

Bro. E. D. Hess, who has recently been with the 
mission workers in Chicago, is now in Selkirk. 
Ont., where he expects to remain for a time at 
least. 

Pre. Eli Miller of the A. M. congregation in 
Newton Co., Iml.. is about to change his place 
of abode from his former home to Anderson Co., 

Kansas. 

Bro. P. P. Lantz and wife, of the Canton Mis- 
sion. recently visited in Lawrence Co., Pa., where 
Bro. Lantz preached two very earnest and edify- 
ing sermons. 

Bro. J. M. Hershey of Palmyra, Mo„ has trans- 
ferred his residence from his former home to 
La Junta, Colo., where he expects to make his 
future home. 

Bro. Isaac Hertzler of Denbigh, Va„ spent Sun- 
day. Jan. 26, with the brotherhood near Baldwin, 
Md. The brotherhood at this place seems to be 
greatly encouraged in the Christian life. 

In our last week's notice of Bro. C. Z. Yoder's 
work in Portage Co., Ohio, we should have said. 
“Ten souls were added, to the church, instead 
of two. We are glad to correct the error. 

Sister Fanny Grabill of Pike Co., Ind., died 
about the middle of February at the advanced 
age of one hundred and one years. The last 
anniversary of her birthday was Oct. 6, 1907. 

Bro. H. A. Mumaw of Elkhart, Ind., has been 
spending several weeks in Colorado and other 
parts of the West. He went West with the double 
purpose of improving his health and also of doing 
some business. 

Bro. Elam M. Stoltzfus of Lancaster Co.. Pa., 
came to Elkhart on Tuesday. Feb. 25, with the 
purpose of getting work and remaining here for 
some time. We shall be glad to welcome him 
to our brotherhood. 

Bro. Jacob H. Wisler, who for some three 
weeks has been with his son on the old home- 
stead farm near Nappanee, where he was stricken 
with paralysis and has not so far been able to be 
brought home, is reported to have had another 
light stroke about ten days ago. 

Bro. H. A. Goertz of Mountain Lake, Minn., 
who has recently made a trip through the South- 
ern states, has just, returned home, but expects 
about the middle of March to leave for Europe, 
including his native country, Russia, and other 
parts. We trust he may have a pleasant trip. 


HERALD OF THtJTil. 

Bro. Christian Bear, a member of the Swiss s 
congregation near Woodburn, Oregon, died Feb. ( 

9, 19(18: aged 50 Y., 10 M., 11 D. He was burled i 

in the Congregational cemetery and funeral serv- t 
ices were held by A. P. Troyer in the English 
language and Bro. Geiger in German, from Isa. 

38:1. 

Bro. John Gasho of Baden, Ont., the aged bishop 
of the A. M. congregation in that vicinity and 
an active worker for his Master, writes us that 
he is in usual health and imparts kind words of 
encouragement to the brethren, and enjoys the 
reading of our publications. The Lord bless him 
in his advanced age. 

Bro. S. G. Lapp, who has been at Pea Ridge, 

Mo., holding a series of meetings at that place, 
returned to his home in Iowa, after three weeks 
of earnest labor in Missouri. The Lord blessed 
the work and ten souls confessed Christ and six 
were reclaimed, which gave great encouragement 
to the congregation there. 

Bro. Andrew Shenk of Oronogo, Mo., did evan- 
gelistic work in Oklahoma during the latter part 
of January and the first part of Feburary. He 
assisted In a Bible normal at Milan Valley and 
also held evangelistic meetings there, after which 
he went to Springs, Okla. The congregations 
were much encouraged by the meetings. 

Bro. D. D. Miller of Middlebury, Ind., during the 
latter part of January made an extended trip to 
labor among some of the congregations in Okla- 
homa and Nebraska. He conducted a Bible nor- 
mal in Milan Valley, Okla., and also visited the 
A. M. congregation in Seward Co., Neb. Bro. 
Miller is an active worker in the cause. 

Bro. Daniel Kauffman of Morgan Co., Mo„ and 
Bro. D. B. Raber visited the brotherhood near 
Lake Charhs, La., held some meetings, gathered 
in two members, had communion and greatly en- 
couraged the entire flock in the Christian life. 
The Lord bless the little congregation in that 
place. They are in charge of Pre. J. T. Nice. 

Bish. John H. Mouk, of the Reformed Menno- 
nite church of Medway, Ohio, passed to his re- 
ward at his home at the age of seventy years, 
and was buried on Sunday, Feb. 23, 1908, at the 
Medway meeting-house. He had been a bishop 
in the Reformed Mennonite church a number of 
years. He was a native of Lancaster Co., Pa. 

Bro. Samuel Powden, one of our nonagenarian 
members, living about three miles south of Elk- 
■ hart, was greatly encouraged and cheered up sev- 
! eral Sundays ago when a number of the young 
people of the Elkhart congregation took advan- 
i tage of the good sleighing and went out to sing 
for the aged brother and his companion. Bro. 
i Powden is entirely blind and hard of hearing, 
but strong in the faith and waiting for the coming 
1 of the Lord. 

1 Sister Anna Page, wife of T. B. Page of Elkhart, 

t has been much afflicted with lagrippe and other 
ailments during the recent past. Indeed she has 
n suffered many bodily afflictions for several years, 

,. but her hopes rest in Jesus, where every weary 

e soul finds the promised blessing. Sister Page is 
g the mother of Dr. W. Page of Middlebury, Ind., 
who with Bro. J. A. Ressler was one of the first 
two brethren that went to India to establish the 
mission at Dhamtari. In fact, Bro. Page was the 
one to whom the Lord gave the first convincing 
>f conviction to go and was the one who first set 
m the ball of foreign missions rolling among our 
people. 

^ Bro. Ezra Miller, of the A. M. congregation 

e ' near Shipshewana, Ind., who was on a visit to his 
?n relatives near Thomas, Okla., about, seventy miles 

L,e west of Eneid, on his return trip, Feb. 27, spent 

er several hours in Elkhart at the Publishing House. 

He reports that w'heat in Oklahoma is looking 
n., well and so thrifty that the people still had their 
Lh- cattle pasturing on the wheat. A couple of weeks 

its ago they had a heavy snow storm, but the warm 

? e, sunshine melted the snow in a few days and the 

,er people again began to plough. The peach buds 

were almost, ready to open up and spring will 


March 5, 

X 

soon open, while here in Elkhart at this writing 
(Feb. 27) everything is shrouded in snow and 
ice; but the promise of God is that “seed time 
and harvest shall not fail." 


For the Herald of Truth. 
THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM. 

By E. Y. Miller. 


The second temple was not honored with one 
cloud of Jehovah’s glory, but with the living 
presence of One in whom dwelt the fulness of the 
Godhead bodily, who was God himself, manifested 
in the flesh. “The desire of all nations" had in- 
deed come to his temple when the Man of 
Nazareth taught and healed in the sacred courts. 

In the presence of Christ, and in this only, did 
the second temple exceed the first in glory. But 
Israel had put away the proffered gift of heaven. 
With the humble Teacher who- had that day 
passed out from its golden gate the glory had 
forever departed from the temple. Already were 
the Savior’s words fulfilled, “Your house is left 
unto you desolate" (Matt. 23:38). The disciples 
had been filled with awe and wonder at Christ’s 
prediction of the overthrow of the temple, and 
they desired to understand more fully the mean- 
ing of his words. Wealth, labor and architectural 
skill had for more than forty years been freely 
expended to produce its splendor. Herod the 
Great had lavished upon it both Roman wealth 
and Jewish treasure, and even the emperor of 
the world had enriched it with his gifts. Massive 
blocks of white marble of almost fabulous size, 
sent from Rome for the purpose, formed a part 
of its structure. To these the disciples had called 
the attention of their Master, saying, “See what 
manner of stones and what buildings are here! 
(Mark 13:1). To these words Jesus made the 
solemn and startling reply, “Verily, I say unto 
you, there shall not be left here one stone upon 
another that shall not be thrown down” (Matt. 
24:2). 

With the overthrow of Jerusalem the disciples 
associated the events of Christ’s personal coming 
in temporal glory to take the throne of universal 
empire, to punish the impenitent Jews, and to 
free the nation from the Roman yoke. The Lord 
had told them that he would come the second 
time. Hence at the mention of judgments upon 
Jerusalem their minds reverted to that coming; 
and as they were gathered about the Savior upon 
the Mount of Olives, they asked, “When shall 
these things be, and what shall be the sign of 
thy coming, and of the end of the world? (Matt. 
24:3). The future was mercifully veiled from the 
disciples; had they at that time fully compre- 
hended the two awful facts of the Redeemer’s 
sufferings and death and the destruction of their 
city and temple, they would have been over- 
whelmed with horror. Christ presented before 
them an outline of the prominent events to take 
place before the close of time. His words were 
not then fully understood; but their meaning was 
to be unfolded as his people should need the 
instruction therein given. The prophecy which 
'he uttered was twofold in its meaning. While 
foreshadowing the destruction of Jerusalem, it 
prefigured also the terror of the last day. Jesus 
declared to his listening disciples the judgments 
that were to fall upon those who are striving 
against the word of God, which we can see in our 
daily contact with the world. 

Satan will bring in his work to prevert the 
great truth of Christ in all kinds of ways and lead 
human hearts to believe that some parts of the 
gospel of truth are not right. “The spider taketh 
hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces” 
(Prov. 30:28). Here we can see again how dif- 
ferent the churches are. Pride has overwhelmed 
Christianity at the present ages, and Satan is 
bringing so much of the secret-order religion 
into our churches, trying to gain the whole world 
of humanity, and "this is the condemnation that 


HERALD OF TRUTH, 


77 


1908. 

light is come into the world, and men love dark- 
ness rather than light, because their deeds were 
evil.” 

All seem to be involved in pride, worldly 
amusements, parties, dances, fairs and many other 
like things, sought after by those who seek only 
after the vanities and pleasures of the carnal 
mind. Truly, Satan, like the spider, Is working 
in kings’ palaces. 

Jesus promised his disciples that he would 
send them the Comforter, which is the Holy 
Spirit, whom the Father would send in his name, 
and this Comforter would teach them (the dis- 
ciples) all things and bring all things to their 
remembrance and show them or reveal to them 
things to come. Jesus has promised to be with 
his followers even to the end of the world. The 
gifts and manifestations were set in the church 
for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of 
the ministry, for the edifying of the body of 
Christ, till we all shall come in the unity of the 
faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God 
unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the 
stature of the fulness of Christ, for the word of 
God and the testimony of Jesus Christ to the 
saints in light to the praise of Him who has loved 
us and gave himself for us. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

EVILS THREATENING THE CHURCH AND 
HOW TO COUNTERACT THEM. 


By S. G. Shetler. 

VII. 

6. Undo the Done. — There is a sense in which 
this is impossible. The influence of a wrong act 
is bound to go on, and much of it can never be 
counteracted. On the other hand, when some 
one has been in the wrong, he may counteract 
the same by changing his life and advocating the 
right. 

To illustrate, we give the following which has 
come under our observation: A certain minister 
bitterly opposed Sunday school, and made some 
unbecoming remarks about the Sunday school and 
its advocates. In a few years he was convinced 
that Sunday schools can be and have been con- 
ducted to God’s glory. At once he attended Sunday 
school, took part in the work, and everywhere 
advocated and encouraged the work. 

Expressions uttered could not be recalled, but 
yet much of the wrong done could be counter- 
acted. Some people are convinced of a wrong, 
but think it humiliating to acknowledge the same, 
and to start out exactly opposite from the former 
action. 

7. Proper Education. — We remember attending 
a certain conference where some of the evils 
connected with obtaining a higher education in 
the worldly schools were clearly pointed out. The 
question then raised was, “What is the solution 
of the educational question?" A prominent bishop 
gave his personal opinion by saying that schools 
for higher education, controlled by the church 
and which would work in perfect harmony with 
the best interests of the church, would counteract 
these evils." 

Every one, who is really interested in education 
and in the work of the church, could heartily en- 
dorse the above opinion. 

May we expect to see the day in which the 
many of our children now found in the various 
schools and colleges will be gathered into our 
own schools? 

8. Genuine Spirituality. — “Walk in the Spirit, 
and ye shall not. fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 
5:16). How many evils could be overcome, if the 
first clause of this were obeyed! How true the 
saying, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for 
out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). 
Surely there should be every possible attempt 
made to have each member realize the true inner 
life. When this is experienced, worldliness in all 
its various forms must give way. 

Recently I heard a young convert say, “When 
we are converted we can give up anything. 


9. More Zeal in Mission and Evangelistic Work. 

As the mission interests increase, people become 
better acquainted with the field. I have asked 
a number after their first visit to our city mis- 
sions to give me their first Impressions. In every 
case, their vision of those actually in want natur- 
ally and spiritually was much enlarged. When 
once the actual need is seen people begin to work. 

When this state exists, money otherwise spent 
unnecessarily will be used for the Lord's work. 
Prayers are offered for the success of the work. 
Evils before tempting are now easily overcome. 

Being prompted to write an article on evan- 
gelistic work, we will not state more here on 
that line. 

10. More Bible Study.— We wish to emphasize 
this as the most important of all. The devil's 
first work on earth was to deny God’s word. For 
centuries he has been busy at the same work. 
Thousands of souls are continually going down 
for this very cause. 

Let there be more Bible study in the home. 
How few homes do actual study in God’s Word! 
Children well equipped with a knowledge of the 
Word can overcome many an evil, which other- 
wise would conquer them. 

Bible study in the schools is almost thought 
out of place by many of the great educators. The 
first cry is, “Sectarianism!” Therefore they ad- 
vise reading the Bible, but no Bible study. (Bible 
reading in the public schools is even considered 
out of place by many. — Ed.) 

In many of the colleges, history, theology, etc., 
have taken the place of the Bible. Our little 
experience in the evangelistic field convinces us 
more and more of the urgent need of more Bible 
knowledge. 

Many of the congregations are doing good work 
along this line by having a week’s study or more 
each year. Much improvement could be made by- 
having it more systematic. 

Jesus said, “Do ye not therefore err, because 
ye know not the Scriptures?” (Mark 12:24). 
In overcoming the temptations of Satan, He said. 
“It is written” (Matt. 4:4, 6, 10). 

These two scriptures from the lips of the 
Savior should convince us of the necessity of 
being acquainted with the Word of God. 

In concluding these articles, we wish God’s 
rich blessings on those who earnestly contend for 
the faith which was once delivered unto the 
saints. 

Johnstown, Pa. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

THE CHURCH AND ITS AUTHORITY. 

By Warren Cable. 

Some time since, as a number of brethren were 
assembled in the cloak-room after meeting, one 
of them remarked. ‘The church has no right to 
say w hat we shall wear or how we should shave 
our faces, etc.” 

The above remark, coming from a brother who 
had been a Mennonite all his life, so far as 1 
knew, surprised me considerably and set me 
thinking and studying the Word of God. 

After considerable thought and prayerful search 
ing of Scripture, the writer arrived at the follow- 
ing conclusion, which he humbly submits for the 
consideration of our Herald readers. 

Our Lord Jesus had been about two years in 
the active work of his ministry. He had explained 
to his disciples the nature and principles of the 
kingdom which he came to establish; he had 
healed the sick, the lame, halt and blind; he had 
raised the dead and cast out devils, thus proving 
his divine power, and yet, in spite of all these 
miracles, some who had been with him from the 
first did not fully realize that they were in 
physical contact with the Son of God. 

Finally one day the disciples Jieard Jesus rea- 
soning with the scribes and Pharisees concerning 
righteousness and the outward forms and cere 
monies which they practiced, particularly the 
washing of hand6 before eating They heard him 


use these words, “Not that which goeth into the 
mouth defllet h a man; but that which cometh out 
of the mouth, this deflleth a man." Then a little 
later when the Pharisees and Sadducees came 
and, tempting him, desired a sign from heaven, 
the disciples saw and heard Jesus put them to 
shame and confusion, and some doubtless won- 
dered within their hearts whence he derived the 
authority to speak and act as he did — doubting 
and wondering even after the mighty proof he 
had given them of his power over sickness, sin 
and death. And Jesus, perceiving their doubt, 
warned them to beware of the leaven (teachings) 
of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 

And so as they came to the coasts of Caesarea 
Philippi, Jesus, to test their faith and also to 
bring the matter to a focus and bring about a 
settlement and understanding between them, said 
to his disciples. “Whom do men say that I, the 
Son of Man, am?” “And they said, Some say 
that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias, others 
Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He said 
unto them. But whom say ye that I am? And 
Simon Peter answered and said. Thou art the 
Christ, the Son of the living God." A sublime 
acknowledgment of the divine Sonshlp, power 
and authority of Jesus Christ. Now let us notice 
the blessing and promise that followed this 
acknowledgment and how it affects us of to-day. 

“And Jesus answered and said unto him, 
Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and 
blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my 
Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto 
thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock 
(confession) I will build my church, and the 
gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Now 
let us particularly notice the next verse. "And 
I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of 
heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth 
shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou 
shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” 
(Matt. 16:17-19). 

Wo find here that the church which Jesus 
founded, establishing it through Peter, was 
founded upon this rock of truth, this confession, 
"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 
A complete acknowledgment of his authority. 
Acknowledging and believing this, the church will 
surely follow in his footsteps and keep his every 
command. The Holy Spirit will be with this true 
church and “bring all things to your remembrance, 
whatsoever I have commanded you.” So that it 
is plain that this church cannot fail to know and 
keep all his commandments and ordinances — even 
the washing of feet, which some nominal Chris- 
tians seem to forget is a plain command. 

Only that church which scrupulously obeys His 
every command in ordinances, non-resistance, 
plainness, etc., can lay claim to the promise of 
authority given in the passage quoted — “What ye 
shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,” 
etc. Can the Mennonite church, which we love, 
lay claim to this? If after searching the Scrip- 
tures we can say, “Yes,” we are in duty bound 
to obey her laws. 

Long years of experience have taught our 
church that certain modes of attire and methods 
of action are best for the promotion of God's 
cause, and our Lord gave his church full authority 
for the laying down of laws to that end. 

In the thirty-fifth chapter of Jeremiah we read 
the story of the fidelity of the Rechabites to the 
commands of a wise old man, Jonadab, son of 
Rechab, their father, and how when tempted to 
drink wine they said, “We will drink no w|ne. 
for Jonadab, the son of Rechab. our father, com- 
manded 11 s saying. Ye shr.M drink no wine, neither 
ye nor your sons, for ever." And they obeyed 
him to the letter. And God honored them, saying, 
“Jonadab, the son of Rechab. shall not want a 
man to stand before me for ever.” And God 
will likewise honor us if we take heed to the 
precepts of our church fathers; for our church 
has come down to us through the ages and gath- 
ered the wisdom thereof. 

Elkhart, Ind. 



78 


HERALD OF TKTJTEL. 


March 5 , 



TIDINGS FROM THE CHURCH AT HOI AND ABROAD 


FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

India. — American Mennonite Mission, Dhamtari, 
C. P., India. Stations: Sundarganj, Rudri, 
Leper Asylum, Balodgalian. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

Chicago. — Home Mission, 145 W. 18th Street, Chi- 
cago, III. A. H. Leaman, Supt. 

Chicago. — Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 
Ave. and 26th Street, Chicago, 111. 

Chicago. — Hoyne Avenue Mission, Cor. 33d Street 
and Hoyne Avenue. 

Toronto, Canada. — Home Mission, 461 King Street, 
E. Toronto. Samuel Honderich, Supt. 

Welsh Mountain. — Welsh Mountain Industrial Mis- 
sion, New Holland, Pa., R. F. D. No. 4. Noah 
H. Mack, Supt. 

Philadelphia. — Mennonite Home Mission, Cor. Am- 
ber and Dauphin Streets, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Ft. Wayne. — 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft. Wayne, Ind. 
J. M. Hartzler, Supt. 

Lancaster.— 462 Rockland Street, Lancaster, Pa. 

Canton. — Mission Home, 1934 East Eighth Street, 
Canlon, Ohio. P. R. Lantz, Supt. 

Kansas City.— 200 S. Seventh St., Kansas City, 
Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. 

Argentine, Kan. — 


A series of meetings was held at the Bossier 
M. H. in Lancaster Co., Pa.; the meetings were 
continued for about two weeks, during which time 
eleven souls made the good confession and four 
renewed their covenants and made a start in the 
Christian race. The meetings were conducted by 

Pre. John Senger of Kinzer’s. 

* * * 

A. K. Diener, of the “Mennonite Home” near 
Lancaster, Pa., reports that there are now in the 
Home twenty-seven inmates, of whom fifteen 
range from eighty to ninety-four years of age. 
The brethren at that place are doing a good work. 

The Lord bless them. 

* * * 

Bro. Jacob Gerig of Wayne Co., Ohio, still con- 
tinued his meetings during a part of last week 
in the A. M. meeting-house in Nappanee. There 
were nine confessions, and the meetings were 
well attended. Nappanee has had continued meet- 
ings by all the different denominations, and there 
were a great many confessions in the different 
churches. This work should have a salutary 

effect upon the town in general. 

* * * 

The Alexanderwohl congregation in the vicinity 

of Goessel. Kansas, numbering 900 members, 
has decided and harmoniously agreed to divide 
into two congregations. After the death of their 
late bishop, Peter Balzer, there appeared to be 
some dissatisfaction or disagreement, but by the 
above method and by the exercise of charity and 
self-denial, the desirable result of a peaceful solu- 
tion of the matter has been arrived at. David 
says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is 

when brethren dwell together in unity.” 

• * * 

Missionary P. A. Penner of Champa, India, 
writes (as we learn from The Mennonite) under 
date of Jan. 7, 1908, that on Sunday after New 
Years he had the privilege of baptizing and re- 
ceiving into church membership fourteen lepers 
and two orphan girls. We are glad to hear that 
the work outside of our own mission at Dhamtari 
is prospering. May the Lord continue to bless 

the work the wide world over. 

* » * 

New Wilmington, Pa., Feb. 24, 1908. To the 

Readers of the Herald:— Greeting. "For God so 

loved the world that he gave his only begotten 
Son that whosoever believetli in him should not 
perish, but have everlasting life.” God saw that 
the world was very sinful and he so greatly loved 
his people that he sent his only Son. whom he 
loved so greatly, into this sinful world to open the 
way that we all can have life If we are willing 
to believe on him. Jesus also loved his people so 
that he was willing to be crucified that we all 


could be saved. He opened the way for every 
human soul and no one needs to perish. If we 
are lost it will be our own fault. Some may think 
they are too sinful; God will not receive them. 
But Christ says, “He that cometh to me I will In 
no wise cast out.” His love for humanity is too 
great, too merciful, to cast any one out. He does 
not want one soul to be lost; he loves all, not only 
the righteous, but the sinners also. Christ says, 

“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to 
repentance.” If your sins like mountains rise, 
come to God; he will forgive even the most sin- 
ful. God has prepared a place in heaven for all 
them that come to him and repent of their sins, 
and are faithful and obedient unto the end. Sin- 
ners, stop on your downward career and turn to 
God; he loves you, and that is why he sent his 
Son into this world that you might have life and 
all be saved. He says, Come, I love you all; 
come and take of the water of life freely; it will 
not cost you anything. Christ paid the debt 
On, the great love of God! Can you longer resist 
him? Come to him and love him as he loves you. 
You cannot love him too much. Come and show 
him that you love him and that the world may 
also see that you love him, and I will say, inas- 
much as God has loved us, let us love him as he 
loved us, and try hard to be faithful and obedient 
to him in all the requirements of his word. 

M. M. K. 

* * * 

Lake Charles, La., Feb. 20, 1908.— To the Read- 
ers of the Herald:— Greeting in Jesus’ name. 
We feel grateful to a kind heavenly Father 
for bringing it about that the brethren Daniel 
Kauffman and D. B. Raber could be with us for a 
little season and although the rainy weather made 
some hindrance to our meetings, we still had a 
feast of good things, by which we were edified 
and encouraged on our way heavenward, and may 
we ever remember their kind admonitions. We 
have much to be thankful for. Two precious souls 
confessed the dear Savior and were received into 
church fellowship by baptism on Sunday morn- 
ing, the 16th, after which we had communion. 
The brethren’s visit was much appreciated and 
we hope they will be back again some time. We 
wish to extend a hearty invitation to any of our 
church people and especially to ministers, to 
come and see us. The brethren left for Nor- 
nianna, Texas, on Monday. May the good Lord 
kindly bless them, and enable them to do much 
good wherever they go, is our prayer. 

The weather at present, is very nice, the sun 
shining brightly, but the air somewhat cool. Peo- 
ple are now busy arranging for another crop of 
rice. The health in general is good. Fraternally, 

J. T. NICE. 

• • • 

McVeytown, Pa., Feb. 24, 1908. — To all the 
brotherhood: — Greeting In the name of Jesus. 
The Lord willing. Pre. S. K. Yoder of Mattawana. 
Pa., expects to leave on Feb. 29 to visit the 
churches in Maryland and Virginia, spending 
about ten days on the trip. May God’s blessing 
accompany him that much good may be done. 
By the time this appears in print he will be likely 
to have wended his way by land and water to the 
brotherhood in Virginia. COR. 

• * * 

Lima, Ohio, Feb. 25, 1908.— A Bible conference 
was recently held at the Pike M. H„ conducted 
by J. S. Shoemaker and John Blosser. Gospel 
meetings were held each evening. The following 
week Bro. Shoemaker conducted meetings at 
Salem. The brotherhood was much encouraged 
during the meetings, and besides there were eight 
confessions, all young people, except one old 
grandfather, nearly eighty-five years old. We 
were agreeably surprised when on Thursday 
evening, Feb. 20, P. B. Snyder unexpectedly came 



into our midst. He is on a trip in the interest, 
of the Plainview colony in Texas. We have re- 
cently enjoyed a pleasant visit from our minister- 
ing brother, Christian Good, and wife and Sister 
Mary V. Shank, also Lizzie Wenger of Pennsyl- 
vania, and others. 

We have some sickness in our vicinity at pres- 
ent. Our aged brethren A. A. Good and J. L. 
Brenneman are both in feeble health, and indica- 
tions are at present that their earthly pilgrimage 
is fast drawing to a close. Mary, wife of Moses 
Brenneman, is also confined to her bed with 
neuralgia and lagrippe. But we are trusting in 
the Lord, believing that “all things work together 
for good to them that love God.” Brethren and 
sisters, pray for the church in Allen county. 

COR. 

* * * 

Pennsburg, Berks Co., Pa., Feb., 25, 1908. Dear 
Bro. John F. Funk and Brethren and Sisters: — 

1 wish you all a sincere and hearty greeting in 
the love of God. I also wish to say further that 
I have the love and desire once more to visit the 
brethren and sisters in the West, especially our 
German brethren, if circumstances would permit 
or allow me to do so, but I think I will have to 
be satisfied to spend the days of my old age here 
in the East, as the dear heavenly Father gives 
me grace and strength to labor in his vineyard. 

* * * * i will send you fifty cents to renew my 
Herald for another year. I should be pleased to 
have you write and let me know of your welfare. 

1 close with a sincere and heartfelt greeting to 
all the brethren and sisters. In Jesus’ name. 
Amen. From your weak brother and fellow- 

laborer in the bonds of love. A. S. M. 

* * * 

Toronto Mennonite Home Mission, Feb. 21, 1908. 

To the Readers of the Herald of Truth: — Greeting 
ii- Jesus’ name. All the workers of the mission 
attended the Bible and missionary conference 
held at Berlin. We came back better able and 
more eager to bring the light to benighted souls. 

The week following the conference Bro. M. S. 
Steiner was with us for the Saturday evening and 
Sunday services. We are thankful for his timely 
hints and suggestions for carrying on the work. 

On the 12th inst., Bro. Silas Bauman of Flora- 
dale. Ont„ was with us for the evening meeting. 

Owing to the sickness of his mother, Bro. Mus- 
selman was called home on the 14th. 

Sister T. McDowell of Markham, Ont., spent 
Sunday at the mission. Her help was appreciated 
very much, especially so since we did not have 
our usual force. 

On the 17th Bro. Wm. Fretz of Jordon Harbor, 
Ont., called at the mission while waiting for his 
train. 

Our Sunday school is increasing in numbers, 
and we feel the need of another teacher for a 
Bible class. Our greatest work is with the chil- 
dren, and in Sunday school is the best place to 
do personal work. The gospel services are also 
better attended, more grown people coming out. 
May Ve faithfully teach them the way of truth 
and right. 

The missionary conference was well attended. 
The subjects were well discussed. The interest 
was good. The great need of more, workers was 
put before the people, and their responsibilities 
made plain. Oh, that the conference may influ- 
ence some to give their time and talents to be 
used in God’s great vineyard. 

On the first of March closes the first year of 
our work in Toronto. As we look back we see 
many things we perhaps could do better now, 
but then we did the best, we knew. We hope by 
God’s help to do more and better work for the 
Master in the coming year than in the past. 
Pray for us that we may ever be faithful. Yours 
in the work, BERNICE DEVITT. 

* * * 

Minister Ordained.— Frank W. Hurst of near 
Spring Grove, this county, was ordained a minis- 
ter for the Bishop Martin branch of the Old Men- 
nonite church on Tuesday morning in the 




Weaverland Mennonite church. Nine candidates 
were voted for, after which the choice was made 
by lot. The ordination took place immediately, 
in the presence of a large concourse of people. 
The new minister is forty-five years of age and 

is highly esteemed. — [Ephrata Rev.] 

* * * 

West Liberty, Ohio, Feb. 23, 1908. — To the 
Readers of the Herald of Truth:— Beloved in the 
Lord. Greeting in his worthy name. I wish you 
all God’s choicest blessings. After spending a 
profitable time in Wayne county I left there on 
Feb. 11 and came to Elida, Allen county, where 
1 had the privilege of attending another Bible 
conference at the Pike M. H. and again enjoying 
a blessed spiritual feast, after which I left there 
for Logan coimty, and while praying and thinking 
of God’s precious promises I arrived safely at the 
Orphans’ Home and found the workers well and 
happy with the care of forty-seven friendless 
children, who show in their faces and manners 
that they now receive the proper training, it is 
said, “Train up a child in the way he should go. 
This again reminds me of the words of Jesus 
who said, “Suffer little children and forbid them 
not to come unto me; for of such is tne kingdom 
of heaven.” I beueve we shall never regret to 
give our all in the service of the Lord. We read 
1 John 2:29, “If ye know that he is righteous, 
ye know that every one that doetn righteousness 
is born of him.” Let go of all worldly lusts and 
strive unto perfection, for “the thoughts of the 
diligent tend only to plenteousness.” Read also 
Job 22. And when ye “shall have done all those 
things which are commanded you. say, We are 
unprofitable servants; we have done that which 
was our duty to do” (Luke 17:10). 

This morning i accompanied the workers and 
children to the Sunday school and church services, 
about three-fourths of a mile. The services were 
very interesting for which we feel to praise the 
Lord. Preaching services were conducted by the 
brethren Jonas Yoder and John King. Text. Heb. 
10:35-39.' 

“Smile a little, smile a little 
As you go along; 

Not alone when life is pleasant. 

But when things go wrong. 

Do not make the way seem harder 
By a sullen face; 

Smile a little, smile a little, 

Brighten up the place. 

In His name, LIZZIE M. WENGER. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

TWO MEETINGS OF THE SWISS BRETHREN 
NEAR STRASBURG. 


By John Horsch. 


I. 

The city of Strasburg on the Rhine river in 
South Germany was one of the centers of iho 
Anabaptist movement. Here Jacob Gross. Wil- 
liam Reublin, Michael Sattler. John Denek, Jacob 
Kantz Louis Hetzer and Pllgram Marbeck labored 
with great success. Even before the rise of the 
Anabaptists the non-resistant churches were rep- 
resented in the city. In the year 1212 a Walden- 
slan congregation was detected by the authorities 
of Strasburg and no less than eighty brethren 
and sisters were burned at the stake. Conrad 
Reiser a Waldensian missionary, suffered martyr- 
dom by burning at the stake, in the month of 
January, 1458. He had been tortured five times 
when Hans Drachenfels, the mayor of the city, 
bid a halt to the diabolic cruelty of the Dominican 
friars. 

Strasburg was situated between Lutheran terri- 
tory in the north and Zwinglian spheres of influ- 
ence in the south. For a time the heads of the 
government of the city halted between two 
opinions — should Lutheranism or Zwingllanism 
be made the state-church? Many citizens rejected 
the principle of state-churchism. desiring the 
magistrates to tolerate the dissenters. During 
the first years of the Reformation movement, and 


before the rise of the Anabaptists, infant baptism 
was not obligatory in the city; many parents 
preferred to have their children not baptized. 

But when the Anabaptists began to baptize be- 
lievers and organize churches, the state-church 
theologians of Strasburg realized that the prac 
tice of infant baptism was indispensable to the 
maintenance of a state-church. Martin Bucer, the 
most prominent of the state-church ministers, be- 
came a champion for infant baptism. He was 
the diplomatist among the Reformers. The state- 
ments of faith which he formulated were aimed 
to be satisfactory to both Luther and Zwinglt. 
The ambiguity of the terms used by him aroused 
the suspicion of the strict Lutherans. Justus • 
Jonas, Luther’s friend, called him “a shrewd 
fox” while a well-known Lutheran of Nuernberg 
spoke of him as “the deceitful little man” (“das 
fast listige Maennlein”). Bucer is mentioned bj 
Menno Simons in his book. “My Renunciation ot 
Popery,” the story of his conversion. 

The Anabaptist movement threatened the \ei.v 
existence of the state-church, hence Bucer was 
the Anabaptists' relentless foe. Frequently he 
urged upon the authorities the necessity of more 
determination in their persecution. But there 
was within the Strasburg state-church a strong 
party which disapproved of the persecution of 
these people. According to the letter of the law 
they were not to be tolerated, but never did the 
magistrates of Strasburg stain their hands with 
the blood of a martyr of the Anabaptist persua- 
sion No severer sentence than imprisoning and 
banishment, i. e. expelling from the territory ot 
the city, was pronounced upon any one of those 
who dissented from the established creed. 

One of the co-workers of Bucer in the ministry 
of the state-church was Wolfgang Capito. For 
years Capito was the leader of the party which 
was opposed to all persecution. In his own house 
he entertained Sattler. Denck, Hetzer, Reublin. 
and in 1532 married the widow of an Anabaptist, 
Wilibrandis Rosenblatt. When he received the 
news of the martyrdom of Michael Sattler, he 
wrote a letter to the magistrates of Horb. where 
some of Sat tier's friends were imprisoned, warn- 
ing them earnestly against persecuting these fol- 
lowers of Jesus Christ. When Hnbmaier was im- 
prisoned in Zurich. Capito wrote to Zwingli, inter- 
ceding for him. In 1528 he published a book in 
which he advanced the opinion that infant baptism 
is not fully in accordance with Scripture teaching. 
That he would unite with the Anabaptists was 
expected by the Brethren and feared bv Bucer. 

Another warm friend of the Anabaptists was 
Katharina Zell, the wife of Matthls Zell, who for 
a long time was the senior of the state-church 
preachers of Strasburg. Katharina Zell kept up 
a correspondence with a number of distinguished 
men exchanging letters also with Martin Luther. 
After her husband’s death she addressed the 
ministers of the state-church as follows: “The 

poor Anabaptists, about whom you are so enraged 
and on whom you set the authorities as a hunter 
I he dogs on a wild boar or hare-who yet with 
us confess Christ the Lord. Rather put the 
blame upon yourselves that we, in doctrine and 
life give them cause to separate themselves from 
1IS ’ Him who does evil, the authorities should 
punish, but not force the faith upon any one.— 
If the government would do your bidding, a 
tyranny would ensue that cities and towns would 
become desolate. Strasburg has given an example 
of mercy and sympathy toward the persecuted, 
and. God be praised, many a poor Christian is 
yet in the city whom you would desire to he driven 
Matthls Zell has never done the like ot 
this, but has gathered and not scattered the 
sheep. He never consented to such measures, 
but with a sad heart and great earnestness, at a 
time when the theologians made demand to that 
effect on the authorities, he said in public in the 
pulpit and the gathering of the ministers: I call 
God. heaven and earth to witness at that day 
that I am, innocent of the persecution and exiling 
of these poor people." Matthls Zell’s last message 


to his co-workers concerned the Anabaptists. He 
asked his wife in the night before he died to tell 
his helpers that they should "let the Anabaptists 
in peace and preach Christ. 

One of the Strasburg theologians, Wolfgang 
Schultheiss, was of the opinion that the magis- 
trates should permit every one to live according 
to his own Christian conviction. It is probable 
that the authorities would have granted liberty 
of conscience, had it not been for the inimical 
attitude of the imperial government as well as 
of the Lutheran princes of Germany and the 
Zwinglian states of Switzerland to the principle 
of religious liberty. The city council was os 
tolerant toward the Anabaptists as was possible 
without Involving the city in difficulties. For 
a long time the appeals of Bucer and others or 
the ministers to uBe more stringent measures 
toward the suppression of Anabaptism were dis- 
regarded by the authorities. They would not go 
beyond banishing the leaders, but those who re- 
turned after having been exiled were threatened 
with burning through the cheeks. 

In the year 1528 Pilgram Marbeck, an Anabap- 
tist minister and a master mechanic, came to 
Strasburg. He had fled from his native land, the 
Tyrol, and was imprisoned with a number of his 
brethren not long atjer he had reached the city. 
The prisoners were banished with the exception 
of Marbeck. who, upon the intercession of Capito, 
was, to Bucer’s vexation, permitted to remain 
in the city. The magistrates desired to employ 
him as aii engineer. The great aqueduct which 
he consequently planned and the construction ot' 
which he superintended for the city gave the best 
of satisfaction. As a minister he labored with 
success, as is evident from Bucer's complaint 
that many pious hearts were led into error by 
this “stiff-necked heretic,” as he was pleased to 
call him. Yet Bucer finwd himself compelled to 
admit that his life W*S unblamable. (“Sonst 1st 
er u nd sein Weib feinfe feinen, unstraeflichen 
Thuns.”) In December. 1531, when Capito had 
left for a journey /o Switzerland. Bucer prevailed 
upon the authorities to banish Marbeck. 

After the Lutheran princes of Germany had 
been defeated by the Catholic party in the Smal- 
caldian war (1547). Bucer accepted a call to a 
professorship at Cambridge. England. Not long 
after his death Queen Mary ("Bloody Mary”) 
ascended the English throne and restored Roman 
Catholicism in Britain. Bucer’s bones were ex- 
humed and burned at the stake, the Queen s 
theologians having condemned him as a heretic. 

Many Anabaptists fled to Strasburg or the 
surrounding villages which belonged to the city's 
domain. In the other states and cities of South 
Germany and Swi t zerland th e persecution was 
far more severe than in St rasburg. Here the 
Swiss Brethren, that is. the Anabaptists or 
Switzerland and South Germany, which later were 
divided into two branches, called in this country 
Mennonite and Amish, held their conferences. In 
1555 a conference was held in Strasburg. In the 
conference of the year 1557 fifty ministers of 
Switzerland. Moravia, the Breisgau. Wurtemberg. 
Swabia and Alsace were assembled. Again in 
1568 and 1607 the Brethren gathered here in 
conference. Doubtless other conferences of which 
we have to-day no record were held in Strasburg. 
For a long period the city was what may be desig- 
nated as the headquarters of the Brethren. 

In the archives of Strasburg two highly im- 
portant documents, giving accounts of meetings 
held by the Swiss Brethren in the years 1545 and 
1557. are preserved, w hich will b e re printed in a 
succeeding article. 

(Authorities on whose works this article is 
based — to save space the names of authors in- 
stead of complete titles are given—: Hulshof. 

Gerbert, Baum. Schaff. Goebel. Cornelius, Keller. 
Beck. Loserth. Piper. Bezold. Zur Linden, Bossert. 
Krunibholz, Hegler. Gieseler. Mueller. Rembert. 
Leendertz. Moeller.) 

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TOPIC: THE RIGHT WAY OF LIFE. Psa. 119:9-16. March 15, 08 


THE LESSON MOTTO. 

While a thousand siren voices bid me turn 
aside, there is One who bids me keep my eyes 
fixed straight before me on the light that il- 
lumines a straight and narrow way to celestial 
glory. 

DAILY READINGS. 

March, 1908. 

9. M.— Moses’ choice. Heb. 11:23, 24; Psa. 84.ru, 

Ex. 2:10, 11. 

10. T. — Joshua’s choice. Josh. 24:15. See also 

Ruth 1:15-17. „. 

11. \v. — Solomon's choice. 1 Kings 3:5-14; 4:29-34. 

12. T. — Daniel’s choice. Dan. 1:8. 

13 . f. — M ary’s choice. Luke 10:38-42. 

14' g. — what is your choice? Prov. 1:10-33. 

15. s. — The Right Way of Life. Psa. 119:9-16. 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE. 

There was a saying among the proud Romans, 
“All roads lead to Rome.” Among the Jews in 
the days of their glory there was a saying some- 
what similar regarding Jerusalem. But while 
these sayings were true only in a small or local 
way, it is true that all roads, so far as our lives 
are concerned, lead either to heaven or to hell. 
There is no mixing of traveling companions on 
these roads. They are a separate people, and 
they are separate by choice. One way is right, 
the other way seems right to many because it is 
so pleasant to the young flesh, and the old 
tempter and deceiver has studied for 6,000 years 
how to make the road seem or look right, but it 
wrong, though a million pleasure-loving minis- 
ters and ten million card playing, theater-going, 
dancing and vanity-fair Christian professors are 
found thereon. Satan deceives many, and those 
whom he has deceived he uses to deceive others. 
The most important step in a young person s 
life is to choose the right way, that is, to choose 
Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life, 
for none can come into the Father’s presence but 
by him. Land, money, education, position, all 
fade into utter insignificance beside this one 
thing, and Jesus says, “Seek ye first the king- 
dom of God and his righteousness.” That is what 
Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, • Joseph, 
Moses. Joshua. Caleb, David, Solomon, Josiah, 
and a host of others have done. We have really 
nothing substantial to add to or to build life 
upon, unless or until we make this choice. All 
apparent additions are only subtractive influences 
and agencies to draw us farther away from the 
way of life. 

We cannot change God's plan for mankind. If 
that could lie done there would be such a moral 
eruption that would soon bury humanity from 
sight deeper than Pompeii and Herculaneum ever 
were covered from human sight by the lava and 
ashes of volcanic Vesuvius, or than the earth 
was hidden away in the time of the deluge. 
Every evening that comes to us without having 
chosen Christ forces us to confess that so far 
we have chosen the way that leads to everlasting 
despair. By and by life’s little day will ebb 
to its close and then nothing but eternity remains. 
Where will you spend it? Choose to-day the right 
way of life. 

THE PARTING OF THE WAYS. 

Choose I must and soon must choose 
Holiness or heaven lose; 

While what heaven loves I hate; 

Shut for me is heaven’s gate. 

Endless sin means endless woe, 

Into endless sin I go 

If my soul, from reason rent. 

Takes from sin its Anal bent. 

As the stream its channel grooves. 

And within that channel moves, 


So doth habit’s deepest tide 
Groove its bed, and there abide. 

Light obeyed increaseth light, 

Light resisted bringeth night; 

Who shall give me will to choose, 

If the love of light I lose? 

Speed, ray soul; this instant yield; 

Let the Light its scepter wield; 

While thy God prolongeth grace 
Haste thee toward his holy face. 

BIBLE HINTS. 

Psa. 119:9. It is the heedlessness of youth 
that causes so many to fail in the one great es- 
sential for a young man. What a track some 
leave behind them! They forget God. David 
said, “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have 
respect unto thy ways, for thy word is a lamp 
unto my feet, and a light unto my path,” and 
“thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy 
presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand are 
pleasures for evermore.” The way of folly is 
strewn with strife and sorrow, but the way of wis- 
dom is full of pleasantness, “and all her paths 
are peace.” 

Psa. 119:10. The Lord says, “Seek ye the 
Lord, while he may be found.” David answers, 
“With my whole heart have I sought thee.” “O, 
that men would seek the Lord!” For God says, 
“They that seek me early shall find me.” God 
is: especially tender toward the young, and, 

through Solomon he tenderly says, “Remember 
now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while 
the evil days come not nor the years draw nigh 
when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.” 
Psa. 119:11. The word of God is a better thing 
to hide in the heart than sin and iniquity. The 
word enlarges the heart and beautifies the life, 
while sin shrivels and stunts any and every 
life in which it is found. 

Psa. 119:12-16. Unless we have a real desire to 
learn God will not reveal his will unto us. David 
loved Goa’s law. It was his delight; for although 
he sinned, it was God’s word that brought him 
back again and therefore he rejoiced in it more 
than in riches; for what doth it profit, a man 
if he gain the whole world— all of worldliness— 
and lose his own soul? After answering the 
question the psalmist puts in the first verse, he 
answers it, and in verse 15 and 16 he himself 
tells what he will do. Beautiful occupation! 
Beautiful way of cultivating mind and heart and 
memory! 

THE WAYSIDE CROSS. 

“Which way shall I take?” shouts a voice on the 
night; 

“I’m a pilgrim awearied, and spent is my light . 
And I seek for a palace that stands on the hill. 
But between us a stream lieth, sullen and chill.” 

"Which way shall I take for the bright, golden 
span 

That bridges the waters so safely for man? 

To the right? To the left? Oh! me! if I knew— 
The night is so dark, and the passers are few.” 

"See the light from the palace in silvery lines. 
How they pencil the hedges and fruit-laden vines— 
My fortune! My all! for one tangled gleam 
That sifts through the lilies, and wastes on the 
stream.” 

“Near, near thee, my son, is the old wayside cross, 
Lise a gray friar cowled in lichens and moss; 
And its cross-beam will point to the bright golden 
span 

That bridges the waters so safely for man.” 

ILLUSTRATIONS. 

The Difference. 

Two young men, the sons of Christian parents 
in comfortable circumstances, had grown up on 


adjoining farms. Both had obtained a fair educa- 
tion. One attended church and Sunday school, 
the other spent his Sundays in pleasure and 
frolic; in time the first became a Christian, the 
other a good card player and a drinker. The 
first is to-day a useful man, a blessing to those 
around him and a joy to his aged parents; the 
other died not long ago of a malady brought on 
by his dissipated life. His parents, grieved at 
his course, tried every means to turn him, and, 
failing, the mother gave up in despair, sickened 
and died; the father’s bowed form followed the 
son to the unhallowed grave, and he is to-day 
a grief-stricken old man because his boy, in whom 
he had placed such high hopes, cast a blot on 
the family's name and fills a drunkard’s grave. 
“At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth 
like an adder.” 

Ready to Die. 

A lady once asked John Wesley, “Supposing 
that you knew that you were to die at twelve 
o’clock to-morrow night, how would you spend 
the intervening time?” “How, madam?’ he re- 
plied. “Why, just as I intend to spend it now. 

I should preach this evening at Gloucester, and 
again at five to-morrow morning; after that I 
should ride to Tewksbury, preach in the after- 
noon, and meet the societies in the evening. 1 
should then repair to Friend Martin’s house, who 
expects to entertain me, converse and pray with 
the family, as usual, retire to my room at ten 
o’clock, commend myself to my heavenly Father, 
lie down to rest, and wake up in glory.” 

Such a man has his house set in order. He 
has chosen the right way of life and is- therefore 
ready for death, without necessitating a change 
in his program. Living to such a man is not the 
end of his life, nor dying the destruction of his 
hopes. 

SUBJECTS FOR TALKS OR ESSAYS. 

1. The beauty of right living. 

2. When shall we choose the way? 

3. The Christ life the useful life. 

4. The secret of true success. 

LITTLE WORDS. 

Words are things of little cost, 

Quickly spoken, quickly lost— 

We forget them, but they stand 
Witnesses at God’s right, hand. 

And their testimony bear 
For us or against us there. 

Oh! how often ours have been 
Idle words and words of sin; 

Words of anger, scorn and pride. 

Or desire our faults to hide, 

Envious tales or strife unkind, 

Leaving bitter thoughts behind. 

Grant us, Lord, from day to day 
Strength to watch and grace to pray; 

May our lips, from sin set free, 

Love to speak and sing of thee; 

Till in heaven we learn to raise 
Hvmns of everlasting praise. 

— [Selected.] 

Thank God for the days in which we live; for 
the liberty and freedom of speech which we en- 
joy, and for the possibility of world-wide revival 
of believers and evangelization of others. Thank 
God for it, and take advantage of it. 

“The best proof of the divinity of the Christian 
religion is the daily life of the Christian himself 

not his words or professions, but his conduct 

and spirit; not his Sunday garb and service, but 
his everyday tone; not his cnurch ways, but his 
home walk.” 


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| Young Peo ple’s Department 

Bro. C. K. Hostetler, business manager of 
Goshen College, is spending a well-earned vaca- 
tion in the “Sunny” South, at Anniston, Ala. His 
“First Impressions of the South” in this issue is 
interesting. His views on the operation of the 
new prohibition law in Alabama are in accord 
with all who are interested in the moral uplift 
of the South or any other part of the country. 
* 

The “water-wagon law,” as the newly enacted 
prohibition measure in Georgia is called, is al- 
ready showing good results, notwithstanding the 
gloomy predictions made by many of those who 
did not want the new law. The real results will 
be seen later, when the prisons and chain gangs 
will be depleted, and crime and pauperism will be 
diminished, and industrial conditions Immensely 
improved. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE SOUTH. 


By C. K. Hostetler. 


To one who is accustomed to Northern scenes 
and surroundings the Southland presents a vari- 
ety of interesting experiences. 

First, there is the difference in climate. Al- 
though it gets chilly in the South and although it 
seems very much like winter some days, yet 
there is a very perceptible difference when one 
comes from the midst of a typical Indiana bliz- 
zard into the balmy breezes of Alabama. 

An average day in February is very much like 
an average day in April in Indiana. Farmers are 
beginning to plow for the spring crops. The 
grass, where there is any, is becoming green, 
and indications of approaching spring are to be 
seen on all sides. 

The great staple crop of the South is cotton. 
The value of the crop last year is said to have 
been about $600,000,000, and the acreage is very 
large. 

The cotton mills of the South are an interesting 
study. Yesterday I visited six different mills and 
was shown through the different departments. 
To give a general description here would be 
impossible. The cloth, cordage, yarns or different 
products are to be found in almost every home 
in the land and it becomes an interesting study 
when we contemplate the many varieties of use- 
ful things that are made from cotton fiber. 

A study of the people who work in these cotton 
mills is also very Interesting. Many of them are 
children under fourteen years of age. A new 
state law in Alabama makes it an offense to em- 
ploy children under twelve years of age. This 
law went into effect in January of this year. 
Previous to this many children as young as eight 
years old were employed in the cotton mills of 
the South. Most manufacturers say the new law 
is a good thing. Many of the poor people, how 
ever, find it hard to make a living without the 
added help of the younger members of the family. 

I abor in cotton mills is very confining. It leaves 
its marks on the faces of the young people and 
children who work there and their bodies as well 
as their minds are dwarfed, and good, sound, 
healthy growth is very much retarded. 

I am sure that the parents in the North would 
not want their children to be obliged to spend 
their time within the walls of these mills and 
■ miss the opportunity of getting an education. 

along with the freedom which ought to be the 
birthright of every healthy child in the land. 

The practical working out of prohibition in the 
South is an interesting thing. Conditions are 
very much improved since the new laws wen 
into effect. The liquor men are having a hard 
time of it. Their business has been ruined, am 
all they have left is the opportunity to go to 
honest work like other men. Some of them have 


moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., or Lexington, Ky. 
and are doing a thriving business, supplying their 
old customers by express. A few weeks ago 
while watching the loading of express cars in 
Chattanooga I was struck by the peculiar shape 
and size of many of the packages and on in- 
vestigation found that it was “wet goods” con- 
signed by liquor houses of Chattanooga to cus- 
tomers in the South. Residents of Alabama and 
Georgia say that even this is a very good arrange- 
ment and a great improvement over the old sys- 
tem, as it prevents “bad niggers from getting 
bad whiskey,” and consequently prevents much 
crime. In many places the jails are empty and 
the justice courts have no grist to grind. The 
best people of the South are enthusiastic over 
the practical results of prohibition. We wonder 
how long it will take some of the good people 
in the North to learn the same lesson. 

Anniston, Ala. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

A FALSE RELIGION. 


By T. H. Brenneman. 


The oath itself would bar any Mennonite from 
being a Mason, even though there were no further 
objections to the order, as we sincerely believe 
that the swearing of oaths is forbidden under 
the gospel (Matt. 5:33-37; James 5:12). 

One of the strongest objections to secret orders, 
as a whole, is the fact that in many cases they 
become a substitute for the church. Men devote 
their time, talent and means to further the inter- 
ests of their order, and in the case of professing 
Christians the prayer-meeting and other religious 
meetings are often neglected and the lodge be- 
comes a miserable substitute for the divine wor- 
ship that is so necessary to the spiritual growth 
of every Christian. 

Of all the orders the Masonic is the most fla- 
grant in its claims of conferring spiritual benefit 
upon its members. It can be proven by the high- 
est Masonic authority that they promise eternal 
salvation to every true Mason, and that by virtue 
of his Masonry, which this same high authority 
terms a religion. The name of Jesus, which is 
above every name, is excluded in their prayers, 
hence it must surely be a false religion, for “no 
man cometh unto the Father but by me.” 

An aged man who had never made any pro- 
fession of the Christian religion, while attending 
a series of meetings became alarmed at his con- 
dition as a sinner and professed to have found 
Jesus as his Savior. When he thought of uniting 
with the church under whose influence he was 
brought out. and finding that the rules prohibited 
membership in any secret order, he was heard 
tc remark, “I wouldn’t give up Masonry for any 
church.” Some may question his conversion, and 
so does the writer, but it shows how Masonry 
may step in and become a substitute for and even 
be preferred to the church. 

A prospective candidate for membership in the 
Masonic order, who, by the way, is the son of a 
Mennonite, recently inquired of a Mason, a man 
addicted to profane and obscene language, what 
he thought of the order, to which he replied, “It 
is just as good a church as I want to belong to, 
again proving that wicked and ungodly men are 
making the lodge a substitute for salvation 
througn Jesus. And does the above not also show 
that at least one Mennonite father has neglected 
his duty in warning his son concerning this lalse 
religion? 

Goshen. Ind. 


married. 


Leaman— Herr.— On Feb. 18, 1908, in Lancaster 
City Pa., at the home of the bride’s brother, 
Henry S. Herr, by Bisli. Isaac Eby. Bro. Christian 
Leaman of Lancaster and Sister Mary Emma 
Herr daughter of Tobias W. Herr of Strasburg. 
God bless them in their new relation. 


DEATHS. 


Wisler.— On Feb. 7. 1908, at the home of his 
son-in-law, Bro. David F. Batterman. near Mumas- 
burg, Adams Co., Pa., of pneumonia, Pre. Martin 
Wisler, aged 74 Y., 4 D. He was in the ministry 
about thirty-live years and leaves one daughter 
and one sister tc mourn his death. He was 
buried on the 11th of February in the Mutnasburg 
cemeterv. Services were held at the home by 
Bish. Abraham Herr. Pre. J. F. Bucher and Pre. 
Aaron Harnisb. 

Sensenig. — On Feb. 18, 1908, in East Earl Iwp., 
Lancaster Co.. Pa., John B. Sensenig, aged nearly 
83 years. He was a kind husband and father, and 
was respected by all" who knew him. He was a 
member of the Mennonite church. He was mar- 
ried three times. His first wife was Christiana 
Burkholder, with whom he had eight children, 
seven of whom survive. His second wife was 
Mary Good, with whom he bad nine children, of 
whom eight survive. There are also ninety living 
grandchildren and a number of great-grandchil- 
dren. His third wife was Fianna Good, who died 
eleven years ago. He was buried on the 22d. 
Services by Benj. Weaver, John Souder and 
Samuel Witmer. Interment in the family cemetery 
near the home. 

Greider. — Alice Pearl Greider was bom Nov. 5, 
1891; died near Osborn, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1908; aged 
16 Y., 3 M., 13 D. She leaves to mourn a bereaved 
father and mother, two brothers and five sisters; 
but they mourn not as those without hope. She 
was converted and confessed her Savior one year 
before her death, to the very day, and a little 
later sealed her covenant by water baptism. She 
remained faithful in the service of her Master to 
the end, when she calmly fell asleep in Jesus. 
One brother and one sister preceded her to the 
spirit world. She was bodily afflicted for about 
two years; the beginning of her sickness was 
dropsy, after which other diseases set in. Her 
sufferings were severe at times, but she patiently 
endured it all without a murmur, and we have 
reason to believe that she is gone to the land of 
rest where she is free from all her sufR-rings. 
Her funeral was largely attended and many tears 
were shed by her many relatives and friends. 
May all prepare to meet her in heaven. Funeral 
services were conducted by Moses Brenneman 
on the 23d at Greider's meeting-house. Text. 
Psa. 132:14. 

Easterday. — George Easterday was born in Jef- 
ferson Co., Ohio, Jan. 27, 1820. He came to Mar- 
shall Co., Ind., in 1857, where he resided until 
death. His first marriage was to Rebecca Burn- 
sides. They had twelve children, five of whom 
survive; 48* grandchildren. 29 living; 21 great- 
grandchildren, 18 living. His wife Rebecca died 
Dec. 23, 1877. He was afterwards married to 
Amanda Ports in 1880. He died on Feb. 11, 1908, 
at the ripe age of 88 Y„ 14 D. He was a member 
of the U. B. church for sixty-five years. 

Amanda Easterday, second wife of the above, 
was born near Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1826, came 
to Marshall Co., Ind.. in 1865, and resided there 
until death. Her first marriage was to D. A. 
Ports. They had seven children, four of whom 
survive; 20 grandchildren, of whom 19 survive; 
four great-grandchildren, of whom three are liv- 
ing D. A. Ports died Aug. 15. 1879. She married 
as her second husband (in 1880) George Easter- 
day. She died Feb. 11. 1908, just six hours after 
her husband, aged 81 Y.. 4 M., 7 D. She was a 
member of the U. B. church over forty years. 
They lived in Teegarden. He was sick about two 
weeks She was sick about one week. The 
funeral was held at Teegarden church, where a 
large assembly had gathered to pay the last 
tribute of respect and love. Services by Pre. 
Keesy from Psa. 90:10. assisted by Henry Weldy. 
Interment at the Barber church cemetery. 

Moyer.— Katharine Moyer, widow of the late 
Joseph Moyer, died at her late residence in Clin- 
ton Twp., Lincoln Co.. Out., on Sunday, Feb. lb 
1908, at the age of 80 Y., 11 M. Sister Moyer had 
been in somewhat feeble health for some time, 
yet death came as an unexpected messenger, re- 
sulting from the infirmities of old age. She was 
well known throughout the community and the 
hospitality of her home has been appreciated by 
many She was faithful ami consistent in her 
Christian life and this is the comfort in the hour 
of death to her dear ones who remain. ‘he 
funeral services were held on the i9tn A large 
number of friends and relatives assembled at the 
home and at the church, a tribute of the esteem 
in which she was held by a host of friends. Inter- 
ment in the graveyard near Campdeu. Funeral 
serviced were conducted by Gilbert Bearss and 

S. F. Coffman. Text, Rev. 14:15. 

Musser. — John Mnsser. near Bowmansville. 
Lancaster Co.. Pa., cited on the 16th of February, 
of infirmities of old age. He was confined to his 
bed for twenty-four weeks, being in a helpless 
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EDITORIAL NOTES. 

Bro. D. Burkholder’s article recently published 
in the Herald of Truth ou me “Parish House” 
project in Goshen was read with interest and, we 
believe, made an impression on the minds of 
many of our readers. Other papers have made 
mention of it and copied some of its salient 
points. Timely articles are the ones that take, 
but these we are so often afraid to meet. We 
prefer to write and talk aoout the things and the 
people of long ago. Let us remember that we are 
living to-day and we have to do witn the things 
of the present time. 

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Wordsworth, A Study in Memory and Mysticism. 
The new book by Bro. S. F. Gingerich, professor 
of English literature of Goshen College, printed 
by the Mennonite Publishing Company at Elkhart, 
Ind., is just, completed and the first copies have 
been sent out. The book is a neat little octavo 
volume of 207 pages and several hundred copies 
have already been spoken for. We bespeak for 
Pro. Gingerich a successful undertaking in the 
publication of his book. Price per copy, $1.20; 
when ordered by mail, add 10 cents for postage. 
Send orders to S. F. Gingerich, Goshen, Ind., or 
to the Mennonite Publishing Co., Elkhart, Ind. 

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The apostle Peter tells of false prophets and 
false teachers who shall rise up among the pro- 
fessed people of God, and warns against them— 
men who shall bring in damnable heresies, even 
the denying of Ihe Lord who bought them with 
his own precious blood to liberate them from the 
power of sin and its awful consequences; but he 
also declares that by so doing they shall bring 
upon themselves swift destruction. This is the 
inevitable result to all evil-doers— they bring de- 
struction upon themselves because of their evil 
deeds. Therefore, as the prophet Isaiah says, 
let us cease from evil, and learn to do well, re- 
membering that the way of the ungodly shall 
perish; but the righteous— they lhat be wise 
shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, 
and they that turn many to righteousness, as the 
stars forever and forever. 

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There are many poor families in the land and 
among our own brotherhood who would enjoy the 
reading of the Herald of Truth and to whom it 
would be of lasting benefit to have the paper, 
both in a temporal and spiritual sense. Now, if 
some of our good people whom the Lord has 
blessed with an abundance of this world’s goods 
wish to do some good home missionary work, here 
is an opportunity. Subscribe for the Herald of 
Truth for a year and send it to one or mote o 
tbe poor families that you know, whether they 
are In the brotherhood or out of it. Send it to 
some one. The apostle says, Do good to a _ 
men, especially to them of the household of faith 
but don’t forget the first part of the verse, ' to 
all men.” There are a number of our brethren 
and sisters who are thus each year applying some 
of their surplus means, and we know the Lor< 
will bless their efforts. 


Selfishness is the opposite of generosity or 
magnanimity, and the two can never harmonize 
with each other in any way whatever, and yet 
there are many who cannot distinguish the one 
from the other. Men sometimes believe them- 
selves to be altogether free from selfishness and 
claim for themselves the largest generosity and 
magnanimity, while every purpose of the heart 
and every word and action indicate the very 
essence of selfishness, and one secretly smiles at 
the strange and incongruous assertions and the 
pretended generous actions it prompts. Selfish- 
ness blinds us; selfishness makes us mean and 
silly; selfishness leads us to rob even our breth- 
ren of what rightfully belongs to them and we 
don’t seem to see it; it so stupefies and blinds 
onr better sensibilities that while we are doing 
these wrong things we think we are doing some- 
thing good and generous. Beware of selfishness, 
it is a dangerous and deceptive affection, and in 
the love of Jesus seek to overcome and rise above 
it.— F. 

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Sunday School Supplies.— By April 1 we will 
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quarter of the year. On the last page of your 
Lesson Helps for the present quarter you will 
find a list of them with prices given. Our Helps 
will be ready in good time. Send your orders 
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Words of Cheer, that excellent little weekly pa- 
per with its good, clean stories that the children 
and the young people so well like to read and 
which gives inspiration and encouragement to 
both young and old people. Send for sample 
copies. Also bear in mind that we carry a large 
and fine assortment of reward cards, Ten Com- 
mandment cards, etc., which are sold at low 
prices. Also look at the list of good Bibles we 
give on the last page of the Herald this week, 
and see for how small an outlay of money yon 
can here 'select a good Bible, ranging from 40 
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When the “law” compels a parent to send a 
child to school it is reasonable to suppose that 
every necessary provision is made for the child’s 
safety while at school, or that the law would 
make provision by which safety would be insured. 
That this is not always the case, and that criminal 
neglect in the making of proper provision for the 
safety of the child, can place that child in a 
position where that monster Criminal Neglect be- 
comes a fearful murderer, is shown by one of the 
most awful and heart-rending calamities that has 
ever fallen upon our American schools. On the 
morning of the 4th of March fire was discovered 
by three little girls in the basement of a three- 
story school building in Colllnwood, Ohio, a sub- 
urb of Cleveland. The janitor, who was notified, 
rang the school fire alarm and the children, about 
300 in number, at once began to march out of 
their rooms, thinking it at first, however, only a 
regular fire drill. The building had two exits, the 
door to the rear one of which swung inwardly, 
instead of outwardly. It was also very poorly 
supplied with fire escapes. When the children 
reached the stairway they realized that the build- 
ing was on fire and instantly began a mad rush 
for the doors. It seems that some one neglected 
to open the rear door, and many of the children, 


in their frantic rush for the entrance, fell at the 
foot of the stairs, while others rushed over their 
prostrate bodies for the closed door until a pile 
of screaming, agonizing humanity many feet high 
was wedged so tightly against it that the door 
could not be opened, as it finally was through 
the combined strength of many men, without 
crushing the life out of the unfortunate children 
piled against it. The city had not made proper 
provision for the fire department, and when the 
two fire companies arrived they found their lad- 
ders too short to reach the upper windows where 
many of the children who had been driven back 
by the rush of flame and smoke below were 
screaming and pleading for help. Scenes that 
beggar description followed. The horror of it for- 
bids us to write of it. Of about 300 children 
who left their homes a few hours before about 
170 were caught in the municipal death trap and 
crushed or burned to death within sight and 
hearing of the anguished but helpless parents. 
Two of the brave teachers perished with their 
little charges in their efforts to rescue them. 
This "most civilized nation on earth” shudders 
in horror when it reads of the massacre of Ar- 
menian children by the terrible Turks, and we 
look upon the Ottoman murderer as “unspeak- 
able.” This same civilization goes about the 
building of a structure, and forces children to 
attend school there — the smallest on the upper 
floors! — an d the builders and the municipal heads 
together become the means or the cause by which 
scores upon scores of lives are sacrificed in the 
most horrifying way. We are simply suggesting 
that too much care and cost cannot be devoted 
to the safety of human life in the erection of 
public buildings, such as churches, schools and 
the like, where many people are crowded together, 
and where, in case of fire, it would he absolutely 
necessary to be able to empty the building in the 
shortest time possible, and especially by avoiding 
the probability of making the greatest point of 
danger at the very threshold of safety. Collin- 
wood is in mourning. The 4th of March will long 
be remembered there, and the cemetery will show 
man y a little mo u n d, on th e grav estone of which 
tne inscription might be placed: “Burned to death 
because of lax discipline in school, laxity In pro- 
viding adequate exits from the building, a poorly 
equipped fire department and general municipal 
shiftlessness in regard to the safety of children 
placed by legal requirement in charge of the 
municipality.” 

PERSONAL MENTION. 

Bro. J. B. Smith of Ixigan Co., Ohio, conducted 
a series of meetings in Hancock Co., Ohio, during 
last week. 

Cur personal mention of H. A. Goertz of Moun- 
tain Lake, Minn., going to Europe, was an error. 
We should have said H. A. Goertz of South Bend, 
Ind. 

Bro. S. G. Smith of Columbus, Kan., is making 
arrangements to move to Oklahoma. After March 
15 his address will be Harkern, Woodward Co. 
Oklahoma. 

Bish. J. K. Bixler, of the Holdeman congrega- 
tion, Elkhart Co., ind.. began a series of meetings 
at the Salem congregation on Sunday evening. 
March 1. May the Lord bless the work to the 
salvation of many souls. 


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Bro. Henry Weldy, of the Holdeman congrega- 
tion. Elaaart Co., Ind., expects to fill the regular 
appointment at Teegarden in Marshall Co., Ind.. 
on March 15. 

The brethren Moses Mast of Millersburg and 
C. Z. Yoder of Wooster, Ohio, preached at the Old 
People’s Home near Marshallville on the first 
Sunday in March. 

Pre. Jacob C. Clemens of Lansdale, Montgomery 
Co., Pa., visited with the congregation in Salford 
on the forenoon of March 8 and conducted serv- 
ices at the Harleysville Chapel in the evening. 

Elias B. Maust, formerly an employee of the 
Mennonite Publishing Co., where he learned the 
printer’s trade, died at the Longcliff Asylum at 
Logansport, Ind., on Sunday, March 1, 1908, at 
the age of forty-four years. See obituary. ^ 

Bro. S. E. Algyer of Logan Co.. Ohio, is doing 
good work with some of our Canadian congrega- 
tions. He is an earnest worker in the Master’s 
vineyard. We hope to hear that his meetings 
may result in the salvation of many precious souls. 

Bro John R. Shank of Palmyra, Mo., has moved 
to Carver, in Camden Co., Mo., where a small 
congregation has been organized, to break unto 
them the bread of life. This is a commendable 
method. No congregation should be left without 
a shepherd. 

Bro. David Yoder, of the Holdeman congrega- 
tion. Elkhart Co., Ind., is moving into the Olive 
district and will hereafter be identified with that 
congregation as one of the shepherds of the flock 
with Bro. William Hartman, who has had charge 
of the congregation for some time. 

Pre. Joseph S. Forry, York Co., Pa., has within 
the past weeks passed through a severe spell of 
sickness with la grippe, pneumonia and pleurisy. 

We hope the Lord may speedily restore him to his 
usual health and give him strength and zeal to 
labor in his vineyard for the salvation of souls. 

Bro. J. M. Nunemaker of La Junta, Colo., came 
to Sterling, 111., to attend the funeral of his son 
Edgar's wife on Feb. 2. On his return trip he 
stopped over in Kansas and held meetings in 
Osborne county and also at West Liberty in 
McPherson county. He expected to be home on 
March 3. 

Bro. Andrew Shenk of Oronogo, Mo., will kindly 
accept our best taanks for his kind and encour- 
aging words in a private letter sent to the seuior 
editor A letter like this awakens old-time mem- 
ories and makes us think of the better days of 
the past. May God bless the efforts of our brother 
ii, his field of labor. 

Bro. and Sister M. C. Lapp, who lefl the mission 
station at Dhamtari, India, on Feb. 4. were due 
at Naples, Italy, about the middle of February. 
They will shortly be due in this country and we 
shall be glad to meet them after their long ab- 
sence and their earnest and laborious work among 
the heathen. Their presence here will be greeted 
by many hearts with gladness. 

The report of the sisters Sarah R. Blosser and 
Matilda Speicher of the condition and work of 
the Old People’s Home, we are sure, will be read 
with muci interest by all. The work they are 
engaged in is one that will bring a blessed reward 
in the day of final account, if not in the present 
life, and if sufferings and trials meet us here 
the Savior tells us that he has prepared a place 
where all is joy and peace. 

The brethren S. S. Miller and A, E. Jones, 
accompanied by Sister Mary Miller, all of Hub- 
hard, Oregon, have been on a visit to their friends 
in Indiana. They also visited Elkhart on the 
291 h of February and spent some time in looking 
through the Publishing House and seeing the 
work being done In the different departments. 
The two brethren purchased each a Martyrs' Mir- 
ror and Menno Simon’s Complete Works, and will 
take them along to their homes in Oregon. The 
Lord bring them safely to their homes again. 
They expect to return home during the present 
week. 


For the Herald of Truth. 

TWO MEETINGS OF THE SWISS BRETHREN 
NEAR STRASBURG. 


By John Horsch. 


II. 

The account of the meetings is as follows: 

Herr Johann Steinle, pastor at St. Aurelius’ 
church, states that on Saturday, July 24, 1545, his. 
son Jeremias Steinle, and Murwolf the Younger, 
both boys* of about sixteen or seventeen years, 
saw a number of persons, suspected of being Ana 
baptists, go through the gate at the White Tower. 

Out of inconsiderate curiosity they followed them 
and when they had gone as far as the Gruene 
Wart a few of the Anabaptists followed them 
and asked them whether they also desired to go 
to the meeting. They answered, “Yes,” and were 
again asked whether they had been in the meet- 
ing before. They again answered, “Yes.” (?) 

So they walked together into the Eckelsheimer 
woods close to the water (the Rhine river?). 
When they came there, one struck a hurst ^ 
with a staff, and then many Anabaptists came to- 
gether. It was about ten o’clock at night when 
they had assembled. One of them began to 
preach till about one o’clock. The one who 
preached to them was a tall man, had an aquiline 
nose, and. to judge from his dialect, was of the 
Breisgau. His sermon was about the children of 
Israel in and out of Egypt. They also preached 
on the temple of God, from the twenty-first chap 
ter of Revelation, that the temple is to be found 
far and near and is not the cathedral or other 
churches of stone, neither is it founded upon 
Peter. 

After that another arose and asked that a light 
be struck and read the eleventh chapter of 
Hebrews, but did not make many comments on 
it; also the story of Zaccheus, which was said to 
be an example of repentance and that those are 
not true Christians who do not as Zaccheus has 
done. 

There were also five or six sisters there to be 
baptized, but they would not baptize them, be- 
cause the people were not all assembled. They 
also deposed one. called Brother Bartlin, from the 
office of deacon, and ordained another, Bro. Peter, 
who is said to live in this city, in his place. 

After all this they began to pray for all their 
sisters and brethren, for Brother Vixen, who was 
often named, and for others, and in particular 
for the here named churches, namely the brother- 
hood in Upper Alsace, that in Baden, in Breisach. 
i,, til.' BrelBgau, and the Mutzich brotherhood; 
mid those who were assembled were about three 
hundred, among them many of this city, masons, 
plasterers, cutlers, weavers, many of whom car- 
ried hammers and axes; the others had come 
from the villages, every one carrying his tools, 
such as saws and forks, but no swords or knives. 

One of them had a light and walked around to 
awaken those that fell asleep and admonished 
them to watch and pray. Their prayer was In 
great earnestness, with crying and weeping. There 
was also one there, called Brother Claus, who de- 
sired to be again received into their church, but 
they would not accept him for a long time, for 
the reason that he had again joined himself to 
the Lutherans. 

At daybreak a cloth was spread and pears and 
bread laid on it; some ate, others did not. After 
that many of them began to leave, but some came 
together at another place. As soon as morning 
came one went in this direction, another in that, 
and they (the two young men) also went home- 
ward. but sat down under the gate and saw a few 
coming in, but knew none except two. 

The Anabaptist sect held a meeting on Satur- 
day. June 5. in the year 1557, at a place called 
im Rettich, near the Eckelsheimer woods. When 
all who came together at that time, namely about 
one hundred men and women, were assembled, 
one of their ministers— called, according to their 


custom, Brother Peter— a cutler, arose. He ad- 
monished the people with great earnestness to 
call upon the Lord for his grace and mercy, also 
that they should thank the Lord that he again 
had granted them to come together to hear the 
divine word. After he had ended his discourse, 
another minister arose. His name was Brother 
Bastian, a stranger, living in the Breisgau. He 
spoke on the same subject as the above named 
Brother Peter, and both admonished the people, 
quoting many parts of Scripture, to call upon the 
Lord, to serve him alone and seek help and con- 
solation from him alone. After this they had an 
earnest, silent prayer. 

The prayer being ended, Brother Peter, and 
after him Brother Bastian, began a sermon on 
excluding from the church, also on the teaching 
of the apostles regarding it, with many examples 
from divine Scripture, showing how and in what 
manner their ministers and congregations should 
proceed, and censuring those who know of Chris- 
tian professors living in open sin and worldly 
vices and yet do- not exclude them from the 
church. They referred frequently to the teaching 
of Paul. 

They presented before the congregation a man 
and his wife. The man’s name was Hans of 
Kolbsheim, his wife’s name Margarethe. They 
had for some time lived in great aversion and dis 
cord, which their church could not suffer, and had 
given the greatest offense to the church. There- 
fore they gave both a hearing, to censure and 
publicly exclude from the church the one found 
guilty, as an example to others. Since from the 
hearing by the leaders it was found that the man 
had wronged his wife and had struck her on 
account of a suspicion, he was by public council 
excluded from their church and himself confessed 
that the judgment was just. But, having received 
his punishment, he asked the church with an 
earnest petition to receive him again. This was 
refused him by many who said they could not 
receive him again (i. e. immediately after his ex- 
communication). testifying from divine Scripture 
that, no one should avenge himself or pass judg- 
ment over his own complaints. 

Upon this a citizen of this city, who is not of 
their sect, but had also gone out to hear them, 
asked whether it is in accordance with divine 
Script ure, if a sinner who repents of his sin and 
has received his just punishment should not 
again, upon his petition, be accepted by the 
church? Thereupon they presented many strange 
arguments, but the dispute was put an end to by 
the ministers. In like manner they also presented 
before the congregation another woman, the wife 
of a citizen of this city, living in the Green Bruch, 
by the name of Sister Barbara, a seamstress, 
who had for a time withdrawn from the church. 
Upon the confession of her sinful life and of hav- 
ing Iransgressed their rules and order, she was 
received again, which to the above named Hans 
cf Kolbsheim was not granted at that time. 

Since they further purposed to baptize two per- 
sons. as was indeed done, both ministers spoke 
a i length on baptism, saying that they did not as 
' those who baptize their infants on a faith which 
they were expected to have at some future time. 
They gave an example of an innkeeper who hung 
out a hoop (the well-known sign that there was 
wine for sale), but as yet had no wine in his 
house. He had in mind a future harvest, not 
knowing, however, whether any fruit of the vine 
would ripen. (In the altitude of Strasburg grape- 
vines are not extensively g-own. the harvest being 
uncertain.) This they said in reference to those 
who have their children baptized before the age 
when they come to an understanding of'the faith. 
Tney asserted with emphasis that infants should 
not be baptized, but those who have attained to 
an understanding. This they testified from divine 
Scripture, for example when Christ, the Lord, 
commanded his disciples to “go into all the world 
and teach all nations; he that believeth and is 
baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not 
shall be damned.” Besides this they also pre- 




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sented many idolatrous teachings (abgoettische 
Lehren). 

After such admonitions the above mentioned 
two persons were called out and were asked by 
the ministers (one of them, Wolff, was a young 
wheelwright who worked at that time near the 
Kronerburger Gate, the other's name was Martz 
olff), first, since they desired to be baptized, 
whether they acknowledged their church to be 
the true church of Christ of which is written in 
the gospel, where two or three are gathered to- 
gether in his name, he is in their midst, amt 
whether they would remain steadfast to the end. 
even at the risk of their lives; secondly, whether 
they believed this their baptism to be the true 
baptism, as it was instituted by Christ, and dis- 
claimed their first baptism which they had re- 
ceived in ignorance; thirdly and lastly, whether 
they would, when the need required it, give all 
they had for their church to help their brethren, 
and would let none of them be in need if they 
could help him. All this they fully promised and 
then kneeled and were baptized in the name of 
tue Father, the Son and lue Holy Ghost, retaining, 
however, their former names. 

Having baptized them, they praised God that 
their church had been strengthened and then 
proceeded with an earnest admonition, if there 
were others who felt the need of their consolation 
and teaching, to make it known to them. Then 
tuey offered a very earnest prayer in which they 
interceded for all conditions of mankind, and if 
this came from the heart, there was nothing ob- 
jectionable in it. After all this they read a num- 
ber of passages from the Old and New Testaments 
and interpreted them according to their opinion. 
They also admonished all who were not of their 
church, if they had not the right teaching, to 
indicate their error and make it known, and if it 
could be shown, they would gladly be corrected 
and accept the right way of serving God. With 
this the meeting was closed, but a few of the 
leaders went to another place. About what they 
conversed with each other is unknown to me. 

So far the two documents. The above has the 
superscription: “Read before the Council (of th. 
city), Zinstag. August 3. of the year 1557.” There 
can be no doubt that the accounts of the meetings 
are, on the whole, trustworthy, although in minute 
details some statements may not be correctly re- 
ported. The point of view of the writers is appar- 
ent, but they evidently had the honest intention 
to give correct reports. The two documents are 
of great value for the study of the church of that 
period. 

Birmingham, Ohio. 


GREAT NEED IN TURKEY. 


Hadjin, Turkey. Feb. 3. 1908. 

Dear Readers:— What shall I say to let you 
have a peep into the condition about us this win- 
ter? Could you see and hear as we do, I am sure 
you would enjoy helping. Let me just mention a 
few instances that have come before me these 
last three days. 

A widow (whose husband died two weeks ago) 
with four children has nothing in the house to 
eat. The mother is blind and pleads with me to 
take all her children or my choice of them. After 
the third call I choose tho most hopeful one and 
accept him into the orphanage. 

A family of eight have nothing in the house to 
eat and hunger is stamped on their faces. Our 
Bible woman gives her a loaf of bread. 

A blind woman comes cry ing. 'My house which 
my father left me (a mud house) is falling down 
and I have to sleep out in the streets.” We found 
it to be as she bad said and so we pay two dol- 
lars to put a roof over her. 

A widow with two orphans comes next. Her 
children are barefooted. There is no admittance 
and they go off crying. "God have mercy on us. 

A woman with three children comes next. Her 


husband has gone to the coast to find work. There 
is nothing in the house to eat. The mother be- 
comes ill. She sends us a messenger and begs 
for help. 

A young man who is paralyzed sends word, “Oh, 
could not the missionary come to see me?” 

After a three days’ journey over the mountains, 
a man arrived from a village. He had lost his 
way and so sat down in the snow and prayed. 
The Lord sent a dog that way and led him to a 
village. He is a messenger from a village of six 
hundred people who are in hunger. We sent 
about |8.50. 

Two widows with orphans come shivering in the 
cold. One of them throws herself at my feet 
and cries, “Save this little soul.” I answer, ”1 
cannot, sister.” “Oh, for Jesus’ sake!” “I am 
now writing to loved ones in America to tell of 
your need.” She answers, “Oh! that America 
must be like heaven, but what will become of us 
until your answer comes?” “Sister, God will help 
you,” I say, and shut the door. 

A woman cries out as I pass, “Minister, can 
you find work for my husband?” I answer, “Yes; 
let him come to-morrow.” "Why not now? Then 
he can have a few cents with which to buy bread 
to enable hint to work to-morrow. The children 
and I can wait until to-morrow evening.” “All 
right, sister,” I say, and hurry off that others may 
not hear me. 

Nine men thrown into prison for taxes. (No 
taxes on women, as “only a woman” is written 
for them.) 1 was able to rescue one of them. 

A woman comes with an orphan found in their 
district. The only thing covering him is a loose 
apron. I said, “Sister, what shall I do? Our 
money will not allow us to take more children into 
the Home." She continues to plead, "He has no 
home or parents and sleeps beside the fireplace 
of different neighbors every night. Two nights 
ago his apron caught fire,” and she raised his 
apron and showed me a bum about eighteen 
inches in circumference. 

A letter comes from a woman in a village who 
knows Mrs. Barker and pleads for an old dress 
and help. 

A young man eighteen years of age was without 
work and I gave him work in our factory. He has 
a mother and five brothers and sisters at home 
who beg and plead for a little something to eat. 

A man meets me and tells me that he is out 
of feed for his two donkeys which have been the 
source of their living, and the donkeys refuse to 
work. “As stubborn its a donkey.” 

A poor paralyzed woman, eighty years of age, 
pronounces a blessing upon me as I pass and 
thanks God for being able to sit in the sunshine. 

Many are pleading for help to repair the source 
0 *' the city's water supply. I go to the city coun- 
cil. They say there is no money in the treasury. 
Hundreds of women with water jugs on their 
backs carry water from a brook outside of the 
city. Sister Honk in the Boys’ Home, greets me 
with "Bro. Barker, this is awful! Since yesterday 
there has not been enough water to scrub the 
house with.” I tell her of others’ needs and she 
says, “Poor creatures,” and says nothing more. 

Sister Lambert in the Girls’ Home greets me 
thus, “Well, Bro. Barker, what would we do with- 
out our cistern (made last summer)? We fear it 
will soon be empty, as we can get so little from 
the water carriers.” 

We are giving five pounds in giving men work 
to repair the water system. 

Outside of these we are at present giving work 
to about forty people a day and the American 
Board are giving work to over one hundred. This 
mail has brought us some more money from Mark- 
ham, Ont., and from Indiana, and I expect next 
week to find work for twenty more. We do not 
want to encourage laziness, therefore all who are 
able to work must do some kind of work before 
receiving help. 

The next two months will be still harder for 
the poor to find food. We count on your prayers 
and help. Yours for the needy, 

T. F. BARKER. 


. For the Herald of Truth. 

THE BOOK OF MARTYRS. 


Dear Brethren: — Greeting in the Master’s name. 
As exponents of the precious faith, once delivered 
to the saints, that has become our heritage 
through the unspeakable sufferings and trials 01 
our persecuted forefathers, we believe that you 
are not only in hearty sympathy with every means 
that is placed in our hands for the perpetuation 
of that precious, blood-bought heritage, but that 
you are ready to take active part In any work 
that tends to accomplish this end. The history 
of our forefathers, from the times of the apostles, 
as compiled in the Martyrs' Mirror, from various 
authentic sources, is one of the most remarkable, 
as well as interesting, works ever published. One 
of the most remarkable features of the book is 
the fact that although it relates the frightful 
ordeals, the terrible sufferings and privations 
through which our forefathers passed on account 
of the faith, not one word of revenge, anger, spite, 
or malice is breathed out in all the pages of the 
work. The book itself is a sufficient refutation 
of the criticism that has been offered, that It 
tends to narrow the readers’ belief to limits not 
in keeping with present-day conditions and needs. 
The people lived far in advance of their times. 
They were the pioneers- of the broad platform 
of civil liberty and religious toleration and paid 
for it with their blood, and the Martyrs’ Mirror 
is a chapter in the history of liberty that is writ- 
ten in the blood of heroes. 

There are many families in our church now. 
especially among the younger portion of our 
congregations, who do not have the Martyrs' Mir- 
ror, who have never read it, nor had an opportu- 
nity to make themselves acquainted with the faith 
of our martyr forefathers and the wonderful ex- 
periences which, for the love of Jesus, they had 
Ic endure. It would be of untold benefit for all 
our people to be well versed in the doctrines. 
Uachings and experiences of our sainted fore- 
fathers of the centuries past. This book is indeed 
one of the most valuable historical works ever 
published, and every Mennonite family, now, as 
in the years gone by, should have a copy of these 
important records of God's people. The book is 
a royal octavo volume of nearly 1.100 pages, 
strongly bound in full leather and well illustrated. 
It is the most complete, the best and most correct 
edition of the Martyrs' Mirror ever published. It 
was translated and published at an outlay of not 
less than seven thousand dollars, not primarily for 
financial gain, but for the purpose of providing 
our people, especially the younger part of our 
congregations, among whom the German language 
is become an unknown tongue, with an edition qf 
this reliable work suited to their needs. The 
translation was made from the original Holland 
by an able scholar and one of the most faithful 
and consecrated men we ever met. and a great 
many errors which had crept into former trans 
lations were corrected. 

We are anxious to get them into the hands of 
the people, first, that they may be read and that 
the people may be benefited by our work, and. 
second, that at the same time the Mennonite Pub- 
lishing Co., which at so great a sacrifice has 
done so much te build up and establish the Menno- 
nite church in the past forty years along this 
line, may be able to get back for present use the 
money still tied up in these books. The turning 
of the books into ready cash, as all thinking people 
will understand, is also an important considers 
lion, especially at the present time. 

Thi- retail price c.r the book is >5.00. but In 
order to close out the edition as soon as possible 
we make a special offer and send a copy to any 
address in the United States or Canada prepaid 
for $4.00. 

This is a rare opportunity to obtain a copy of 
this valuable book before the edition is exhausted, 
and we hope every member will avail himself or 
herself of this liberal offer. Address. 

Mennonite Publishing Co.. Elkhart. Ind. 


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March 12, 






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TIDINGS from the CHURCH IT HOME AND ABROAD 


FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

India. — American Mennonite Mission, Dhamtari, 
C. P., India. Stations: Suudarganj, Rndn, 
Leper Asylum, Balodgahan. J. A. Ressler, Supt. 

HOME MISSIONS. 

Chicago. — Home Mission, 145 W. 18th Street, Chi- 
cago, III. A. H. Leaman, Supt. 

Chicago. — Mennonite Gospel Mission, Emerald 
Ave. and 26th Street, Chicago, III. 

Chicago. — Hoyne Avenue Mission, Cor. 33d Street 
and Hoyne Avenue. 

Toronto, Canada.— Home Mission, 461 King Street. 
E Toronto. Samuel Ilonderich, Supt. 

Welsh Mountain.— Welsh Mountain Industrial Mis- 
sion. New Holland, Pa., It. F. D. No. 4. Noah 
H. Mack, Supt. , , _ . 

Philadelphia. — Mennonite Home Mission, Cor. Am- 
ber and Dauphin Streets. Philadelphia, Pa. 

Ft. Wayne.— 1209 St. Mary’s Ave., Ft. Wayne, Ind. 
J. M. Hartzler, Supt. 

Lancaster.— 462 Rockland Street, Lancaster Pa. 

Canton. — Mission Home, 1934 East Eighth Street, 
Canton, Ohio. P. R. Lantz, Supt. 

Kansas City.— 200 S. Seventh St., Kansas City, 
Kan. J. D. Charles, Supt. 

Argentine, Kan. — 


The series of meetings held at the A. M. M. H. 
in Nappanee, Ind., by Bro. Jacob Gerig of Wayne 
Co., Ohio, closed on Feb. 27. The meetings were 
well attended and as a result of the effort put 
forth twenty-eight souls confessed Christ during 

the time of the meetings. 

« * * 

Seventeen confessions is the result of a series 
of meetings recently held by Bro. J. S. Shoemakei 
in Allen Co., Ohio. Let the good work go on. We 
hope to hear of like results in other localities. 

* * * 

Lancaster, Pa., March 4, 1908— To the Readers 
of the Herald of Truth:— Greeting. The subject 
of temperance has made a deep impression on my 
mind. There are many so-called “temperance 
men," who claim they can take a drink or leave 
It alone as they please: but we find them con- 
tinuing to drink as long as they live. They will 
not leave it alone until they die. 

A. K. DIENER. 

* * * 

Csborne, Kan., March 2, 1908— Dear Herald 
Readers:— A friendly greeting to all. On the 16th 
of February, Bro. J. M. Nunemaker of La Junta, 
Colo., came into our midst and held a number or 
meetings, in which seven precious souls became 
willing to take a stand for Christ, the Savior ol 
the world, and there were still many more count- 
ing the cost, but failed to yield to that all- 
imporlant step toward heaven and immortal glory. 
On the 27th our brother returned to his home by 
1 he way of McPherson. The Presbyterian minis- 
ter continued the meetings over Sunday, without' 
any manifested results. This leaves the brother- 
hood in usual health. COR. 

♦ * * 

Berlin, Ont., Feb. 27, 1908— Dear Editors and 
Readers: —God's blessing be with you all in 
abundant measure. As has already been an- 
nounced, Bro. S. G. Shetler of Johnstown, Pa., 
has been laboring in this district for some weeks. 
Sinnprs were brought under conviction, and came 
confessing Jesus. The number of confessions at 
Berlin was fifty-eight: at Breslau, twenty-two; at 
Strasburg, twelve. During the instruct ion meet- 
ings eight more confessed Christ, making a total 
of 100. Praise God. Baptismal services will be 

held later. COR ' 

♦ * • 

From Lancaster Co., Pa. — In regard to the 
,l,. a th of John B. Sensenig, who died near Reiden- 
hach’s Store, at the age of 82 Y„ 10 M., 5 D., 
whose obituary was published in our last week’s 
issue, our kind correspondent from that locality 
writes additionally as follows: “Bro. Sensenig 

was married three times. With his second wifi 
be had ten children, of whom eight survive. With 


the third wife there were no children. There are 
fifteen children who survive him, ninety grand- 
children and sixty-seven great-grandchildren. A 
large family indeed. Bro. Sensenig was a kind 
and loving neighbor, always kind to the poor 
and needy, and the greater part of his life he 
was a member of the congregation at Weaverland, 
where he always manifested a deep interest in 
church matters, and in the cause of the Master. 

He had the blessed satisfaction of seeing all his 
children, except one, gathered with him into the 
same fold. Surely of him we may say, ‘His works 
do follow him.’ Peace to his soul, and may we 
all follow his good example, looking to Jesus as 
me author and finisher of our faith. COR." 

• * • 

Salunga, Lancaster Co., Pa., March 2, 1908. 

To the Readers of the Herald of Truth: Greet- 

ing in the name of our Lord. Praise the Lord 
fer the good work that has been done in our 
vicinity during the past month. The series of 
meetings held by Bro. John Sanger at Kraybill’s 
M. H. closed Feb. 16 with eleven confessions. 
Last night (March 1) a three weeks’ series of 
meetings held at Landisville and Salunga were 
closed with seventy-three confessions, besides six 
applicants for membership from other churches 
and two reclaimed, making a total of eighty-one. 
These meetings were conducted by I. B. Good 
and John B. Sanger. The meetings were intensely 
interesting and the house was full nearly every 
evening, and some evenings the large house hold- 
ing nearly one thousand people was crowded to 
overflowing. 

Last night (March 1) meetings were stpxted at 
Lltitz, and on the 8lh we expect to begin one at 
East Petersburg. May the name of the Lord be 
praised Tor his abundant blessings bestowed upon 
ltis JACOB M- GRE1DER. 

* • « 

Harper, Kan., Feb. 25, 1908— We are having a 
nice winter so far. not cold, very pleasant and 
enough moisture. The last few weeks the farmers 
have been plowing and working in the ground, 
getting ready to sow oats, and will soon do so 
if the weather stays as it now is. The buds on 
some of the trees are beginning to swell some, 
sc. we see that summer' is nigh at hand, and It 
appears that the expression of the poet is true 
when he says: 

"I will bid you all good-bye, 

For they say that I must die, 

Thai my stay on earth can not be very long; 
With the cleansing blood applied, 

Soon I’ll cross the mystic tide, 

To the land of love and light and joy and song." 

Above all. let us heed the apostle’s admonition 
(Heb. 10:22-25), “Let us draw near with a true 
heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts 
sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies 
washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the 
profession of our faith without wavering (for he 
is faithful that promised); and let us consider 
one another to provoke unto love and to good 
works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves 
together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting 
one another: and so much the more as ye see 
the day approaching.” I remain yours in Jesus 

name. ' G - W ' 

• * • 

Upland, Calif., Feb. 22, 1908— Dear Readers of 
the Herald:— May the Lord bless you all. I have 
improved some since I came to California, yet 
just at this time it is almost too damp and cool 
to improve very fast. At first when I came to 
Long Beach it was nice and 1 improved faster. 
I x>ng Beach is a fine place for tourists. It has a 
very nice beach. 

I went to the Catalina Islands. I passed over 
the submarine garden In a glass-bottom boat, 
through which one can see fish 120 feet under 
the water. I saw gold, blue and cucumber fish. 


also other kinds. The cucumber fish just, hangs 
on a rock and is considered one of the lowest 
orders of animal life. One can see different kinds 
of seaweeds; iodine weed, of which iodine Is 
made, is plentiful. There are a great many rocks 
along there. A man dived about fifteen feet for 
Abilonia shells, which were sold for 25 cents each. 

On the 18th I started for Dinuba, stopping at 
l.os Angeles. There I went through the Chamber 
of Commerce and saw a pumpkin weighing 198 
pounds and a sweet potato weighing 25 pounds. 

At Fresno I saw a grapevine that had grown 32 
feet in one year, a peach limb about ten feet, and 
also the nicest of oranges, lemons, peaches and 
nearly all kinds of fruit. 

1 arrived at Dinuba on the 19th and found the 
people generally well. They had just had a spir- 
itual feast, as Bro. Bontrager of Oregon had been 
here to hold meetings. One precious soul turned 
to her Redeemer. They had a Bible conference, 
too, and were much encouraged. There are fifty- 
bix tunnels between Los Angeles and San Fran- 
cisco and one sees considerable mountainous and 
desert country, but at Dinuba it is nice and fertile. 

1 expect to leave on the 26th for Chico; so the 
readers can address me there in care of Henry 
Landis. Yours in love, JOhN HYGEMA. 

* * * 

Home Mission, Chicago, III., March 3, 1908. 

Dear Readers of the Herald: — Greeting. We have 
had many opportunities lately to teach men the 
way of life. Many men who are still out of em- 
ployment and whose families have been reduced 
to want, come to our door to ask for assistance. 
Some of these return to our meetings, where they 
hear the gospel taught. A number of them have 
expressed themselves as being willing to live a 
Christian life. 

Our workers have been very busy the past few 
weeks. They assisted in the revival meetings at 
our other stations In the city. The results at 
these meetings are encouraging. In addition to 
this work, they ministered to the needs of the 
poor in our own section. Our congregations in 
the country have been very liberal in providing 
clothing for the poor. These are certainly ap- 
preciated by the needy. May God bless all those 
who have assisted in this work. 

The interest in Sunday school is good. The 
attendance for March 1 was 141. That is about 
our usual number. 

Lewis Rohde, one of our most faithful Sunday 
school boys, about fourteen years old, died after 
ar. illness of two days. On Sunday, Feb. 16, he 
was in Sunday school, became ill the next even- 
ing, died on Wednesday evening and was buried 
on Sunday, Feb. 23. His last words were words 
of consolation. 

Sister Ruth Buckwalter, who has been at her 
home in Pennsylvania for a few weeks, will be 
with us again in the near future. 

We ask an interest in your prayers. Yours in 

His service, THUT. 

• • * 

Valdivia, Chile, Dec. 15, 1907— To the Readers 
of the Herald;— Each country has to pass, I sup- 
pose, through its crisis hour. Countries, like peo- 
ple, are born and die. The crisis hour for Chile 
seems to have come. The financial condition Ip 
appalling. Last year’s earthquake, destroying a 
few of the principal cities, was a heavy stroke on 
the already existing financial condition of the 
country. Exchange is very low at present, that is, 
the paper currency is very low. The Chilian 
Peso is only worth about one-flfth of a dollar, 
consequently things in the country are very dear 
and the poor people have to struggle for a living. 
Smallpox and other contagious diseases have 
swept a great many from the land of the living. 
Strong drink and Intemperance have had no mercy 
on their victims and morality is at a low ebb. 
The gospel of peace is entering into the hearts 
and homes of many, but the prince and power of 
this world seems to be putting forth extra efforts 
to quench the light which Jesus gives. The con- 
flict between darkness and light has begun in 
tills country also, and sin and superstition will be 





1908. 

dispelled in proportion as people will accept 
Christ. The tendency of these South American 
republics is to accept infidelity, as they are sick 
of the deceptions of the priests, but they have 
not had anything better. Our business is to bring 
them Christ. And unless we do it soon, thousands 
will turn to atheism. The priests are fast losing 
their hold on the people. It has pleased the Lord 
to let us have a share in the redemption of South 
America, and. oh! we do wish to see it laid at 
Jesus’ feet. Pray for us. Yours in Jesus, 

H. L. WEISS. 

P. S. — Since writing the above, a fire swept 
through and devoured about one-third of Tennico. 
Our beautiful mission home was destroyed with il. 

• * * 

Mennonite Old People’s Home, Marshallville, 
Ohio, March 4, 1908. — Dear Readers: - Greeting in 
Jesus’ name. As many of the brethren and sisters 
have been contributing to the Home, it might he 
of interest to some to hear from this pari of God’s 
vineyard. 

Through the month of February there has been 
much sickness with lagrippe both among workers 
much sickness with lagrippe among workers and 
aged ones. We praise God that he has blessed us 
with health and strength again that we can labor 
for his cause. Even in hours of distress and dis- 
appointment we can look to the One who said, 
“Casting all your care upon him, for he careth 
for you.” Through sickness and trials we are 
glad for the promise that “they that wait upon 
the Lord shall renew their strength’’ (Isa. 40:31). 

The apostle Peter says, “Beloved, think it not 
strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try 
you, as though some strange thing had happened 
unto you” (1 Pet. 4:12). The Lord says, “My 
grace is sufficient for thee.” If we claim this 
promise, we will be able to bear up under all cir- 
cumstances and give thanks unto the Lord, “for 
he is good and his mercy endureth forever.” 

At this writing, all the aged ones except four 
are able to come to the tables for their meals. At 
times a number of them are more feeble than at 
other times; this makes the work here subject 
to many and unexpected changes, “for we know 
not what a day may bring forth.” 

While there is much laborious work required 
to supply the temporal needs of those cared for 
here, the spiritual needs are not lost sight of. 
Ministers from surrounding congregations preaclt 
here; family devotions are conducted daily. But 
apart from this, there are times when special 
prayer meetings and song services are called for 
by the older ones of the family. Recently while 
one of the workers was about her duties, one of 
the grandmothers said, “Will you come and pray 
with me to-night? I cannot sleep," etc. The 
same evening two of the workers went to her 
room and read Psa. 71 to her and had prayer. 
The result was the blessing of God rested upon 
them and the aged grandmother had a peaceful 
night. 

In this way much good can be done for the 
needy ones. It is much appreciated when breth- 
ren and sisters come in and hold meetings in this 
way. He who himself is the bread of life said. 
"Man shall not live by bread alone,” there are 
those here who are dependent upon others, not 
only for food for their bodies, but are also unable 
to feed their souls by the reading of the dear old 
Book. Some are hard of hearing, others who 
would gladly drink in I he truth of the Bible can 
no longer see to do so. Thus in their extremity 
splendid opportunities are. afforded to do personal 
work, whereby one can adapt oneself to the con- 
dition they may be in. In this way their souls 
may be fed and satisfied with the bread and water 
of eternal life and they be enabled to say as did 
Paul, ‘‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished 
my course, I have kept the faith." 

We were again reminded a few days ago of 
God’s promise that he will supply all onr needs, 
when we received a box of clothing, for which 
we praise him. for every good and perfect gift 
comes from above. "He that giveth to the poor 


HERALD OF TRUTH. 

shall not lack, but he that hideth his eyes shall 
have many a curse” (Prov. 28:27). 

Our prayer is that God’s children will remember 
us at the throne of grace and continue to lend a 
helping hand iti the work for the Master at this 
place in any way that the Spirit may lead. 

Yours in the Master's service, 

SARAH R. BLOSSER. 
MATILDA SPEICHER. 


FINANCIAL REPORT 

Of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities 
for the Month of January, 1908. 

RECEIVED. 

Evangelizing. — New Stark Cong., Ohio, $10.00. 
Chicago Mission. — A. R. Miller, 50c; Wayne Co., 
Ohio, A. M. Cong., $10.08; a Sister, Ohio, $5; a 
Bro. and Family, Albany, Ore., $15; New Stark 
Cong., Ohio, $20. Total, $50.58. 

India Mission. — A Bro., $3; S. S. and Mission 
Meeting, Concord, Tenn., $15; Baden S. S., N. D., 
86c; S. S. Union, Logan Co., Ohio, $33; Susan 
Landis, $5; S. S., Shickly, Neb., $18.77; Palmyra 
S S., Mo., $1.70; Roseland S. S., Neb., $38.83; 
Lena Easli, $1; Elizabeth Yoder, $3.50; Elizabeth 
Yoder (workers, personal), $1; Maple Grove 
Cong., Ind., $28.74; Isaac L. Gehman, $8; a Sister, 
West Liberty, Ohio, $30; Pleasant View A. M. 
S. S., III., $10; a Friend, West Liberty, Ohio, $25; 
Elkhart Sewing Circle (workers, personal), $12; 
Kan. and Neb. Mission Board, $137.63; L. G. Gar- 
ber (for Geo. J. Lapp), 65c; E. L. Garber (for Geo. 

J Lapp), 65c; Salem Cong., Wayne Co., Ohio, $8; 
Goshen Cong., Ind. (M. C. L.), $75; Goshen Cong., 
Ind., $4.61; A. M. Cong., Wright. Co., la., $11.31; 
Mattawana S. S., Pa., $4.33; Anna Brenneman, 
$10; Rockton (Pa.) S. S., $5; Eleanor Rudy, $3; 
a Sister, Ohio, $5; J. R. Wenger, $1; Friend, 
$7.90; B. B. Leaman, $1; Catharine Culp, $1; a 
Friend of Missions, la., 50c; H. & F. R. Com. 
tA. C. Kolb, Treas.), bank dividend, $34.78; Boyer- 
town and Hereford Cong., Pa., $50.75; Y. P. M., 
Elkhart, Ind., $21.50; Cedar Creek Cong., Ia., 
$22.20; Liberty Cong., Ia., $3.60; Wayne Co. (Ohio) 
A. M. Cong., $30.43; Fairview Cong., N. D., $1.67; 
Levi Martin, $5; Jos. Plough, $10; Mary Benner, 
$8.36; John Ainon, $1; Lucinda Zimmerman, 
$415; Margaret J. Smith, $3; a Friend, Reeds- 
ville, Pa., $35; Pea Ridge Cong., Mo., $1.15; N. G. 
Roth, $5; C. Sumy, $5; New Stark Cong., Ohio, 
$20; a Bro. and Family, Albany, Ore., $100; a Bro. 
and Sister, Carver, Mo., $4.50; Mt. Zion Cong., 
Mo., $5.50. Total, $884.56. 

India Orphans. — C. W. and M. I. Neuhouser, $15; 
Allenville A. M. S. S., Pa., $12; Kan. and Neb. 
Missioii Board, $60.82; F. E. Garber, 65c; C. L. 
Garber, 65c; C. J. Bender, $30; Mattawana S. S., 
Pa.. $7.50; Belleville A. M. S. S., Pa., $24.87; C. 
Sumy, $30. Total, $181.49. 

Fort Wayne Mission. — A. R. Miller, 50c; a Bro. 
and Family, Albany, Ore., $5. Total, $5.50. 

Kansas City Mission. — A Bro. and Family, Al- 
bany, Ore., $10.00. 

Canton (Ohio) Mission. — A Sister, Ohio, $5.00. 
Old People’s Home. — A Bro., Los Angeles, Cal., 
$5; J. S. Kauffman, $5; failed bank dividend, 
$99.83; a Bro. and Family, Albany, Ore., $10. 
Tolal, $119.83. 

Orphans’ Home. — A Sister, Ohio, $5; a Bro. and 
Family, Albany, Ore., $10. Total, $15.00. 

General Fund. — Levi Blauch, $3; S. J. Maust, 
$1. Total, $4.00. 

Sanitarium. — Eleanor Rudy, $2; a Sister, Ohio. 
$5. Total, $7.00. 

Annuity. — interest on loan, $55.00. 

Armenia (for Rose Lambert). — Mrs. Amos Wyse 
and Mother. $10; John Reg.er, $3.75. Total, $13.75. 
Church Building. — P. J. Ernst, $50.00. 

Medical Missionary (for Reuben Ebersole). — 
N. S. Hoover, $10.00. 

EASTERN TREASURER. 

S. H. Musselman, New Holland, Pa. 

India Mission. — Mechanics Grove Cong., $14; 
New Providence Cong., $13.50; Indiantown Cong.. 
$10; Schops & Stricklers, $5; Masonville Cong., 
$63; Paradise S. S., $50.75; a Sister, $2; collected 
by Jos. B. Allebach, $12; Slate Hill S. S. Meeting. 
$16; John B. Ranck, $5; Conestoga A. M. S. S.. 
$25.16; Barbara Hershey, $100; Kinzer S. S. Meet- 
ing. $48.75; W. J. Rohrer, $2; Landis Valley Cong, 
and S. S., $61.62; Sarah A. Hosteter, $5; Glenn 
Hershey, $1; Mary A. Buch waiter, $1; Cash, 22c. 
Total, $436.00. 

Welsh Mountain Mission. — Mary A. Buchwalter, 

$1.00. 

WESTERN TREASURER. 

Jos. R. Stauffer, Milford, Neb. 

India Mission. — Christ Stauffer, $1.50; Joe C. 
Springer. $5; Jos. R. Stauffer, $2.50. Total, $9.00. 
General Fund. — D. Bender, $1.00. 

LOCAL INSTITUTIONS. 

American Mennonite Mission. — J. A. Ressler, 
Supt.. Dhamtari, C. P., India. — From Noble, la v 
$33.62; Chicago Mission, $15; from Washington'. 
III., $25; D. E. Hartzler, $15; East Union Cong., 


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Ia., $37.41; Maytown Cong., Alberta, $29; from 
Dalton, Ohio, per J. S. M„ $50; Sugar Creek 
Budget for a Sister, $10; Henry Fast, $15; Lydia 
Gross, for freighl, $28; a Bro., Pa., $4; John Ropp 
and John Rupp. $400; Bro. Kroeker, for blind 
boys, $8.50. Total, $670.53, 

Chicago Missions. — A. H. Leaman, Supt., 145 W. 
18th St— Freeport Cong., 111., $48.10; Solomon 
Bachman, $5; Jacob Bachman, $5; Aaron Bach- 
man, $2; Noah Oyer, $1; Cullom Cong., 111., $30; 
New Year’s Offering, $111.23; Sister Ringenberg, 
$1.45; Louisa Shertz, $1.35; S. S-, Tuleta, Texas, 
$2.50; Margaret Anderson, $1; Mrs. Lehr, $1; 
Katie Litwiller, $15; Bro. and Sister Moyer, $5; 
Tiskilwa Cong., 111., $20; Mary Shank, 70c; C. J. 
Hiestand, $4.50; Enos Shrock, $10; J. D. Brunk, 
$1; S. S., Eureka, 111., $16; Sister Hershey, $1; 
Bertha A. Ringenberg, $5; a Bro., $2; A. E. Krei- 
der, $2; Nora Klingelsuiith, $1.51; Kan. and Neb. 
Mission Board, $28.35; Mary Schlagel. $1; Ed 
Schertz, $3; A. M. Cong., Fisher, 111., $16; Union 
S S.. 111., $21.55; Yost Yoder, $1; a Bro., Wayland, 

I a., $1; a Sister. Wayland, Ia.. $1; a Sister, Caze- 
novia. 111., $5; John Umble, $1; Daniel Fisher, $1; 
G. G. Manier, Ia.. $3; P. B. Camp, $5; Metamora 
Cong., ill., $19.50; Anna M. Graybill, $2.50; Jacob 
J. Pauls, $6; Bro. Marner, Ia., $1; Fannie M. 
Weber, 50c; from Minn., $50; rent, $23. Total. 
$483.74. 

Fort Wayne Mission. — J. M. Hartzler, Supt., 
1209 St. Marys Ave. — Bro. Gerig, Ind., $1; Bro. 
Bontrager, Mich., $1.25; a Friend, Pa., 50c; 
Woman’s Aid Society, Ind., $3; Friends. Goshen, 
Ind.. $10.50; Bro. Short, Ohio, $1; Bro. Ind.. $1. 
Total, $18.25. 

Kansas City Mission. — J. D. Charles. Supt., 200 
S. 7tli St— Amos Neff, $3; Barbara Barr, $10; 
Mission Circle, Roanoke, 111., $15; Mt. Zion S. S., 
Mo., $4.28; I. B. Longnecker, $5; N. W. Yoder, 
40c; Henry Blank, $2; Pius Hostetler, $1; Kan. 
.and Neb. Mission Board, $70.22; Newkirk Cong., 
Okla., $1.20; Crystal Springs Cong., Kan., $16 • 
Abe Herr, $5; Mrs. J. B. Stange, 35c; J. G. Hartz 
ler, $5; O. I. Miller, $2; Pleasant View S. S., Kan., 
$9; South English (Ia.) Cong., $1.20; Day Nursery. 
$4.56. Total, $155.31. 

Canton Mission. — P. R. Lantz, Supt.. 1934 E. 8th 
St. — J. W. Lantz, $1; Minnie Rychener, $1; Jacob 
Rupp, $1:53; L. L. Hartzler, $2; Mary Miller’s 
Family, $50; a Bro., 50c; Three Children, $1; a 
Bro. and Sister, $1; a Sister. 50c; a Bro., 25c; 
D. H. Horst, $1; Two Sisters, $2. Total, $61.78. 

Old People’s Home. — J. D. Mininger, Supt., Mar- 
shallville, Ohio. — JOe Eash, 25c; Ellen Hollinger, 
$10; A. D. Byler, 50c; Kan. and Neb. Mission Bd., 
$8.25; C. Sumy, $5; Bucks Co. (Pa.) Friends, 
$2.50; J. J. H. Miller, $60; J. L. Shellenberger, $5; 
S. G. Winey. $1; Anna Graybill, $5; Susanna 
Gingerich Estate, $10; Local Board of Trustees. 
$458.09. Total, $565.59. 

Orphans’ Home. — A. Metzler. Supt.. West Lib- 
erty, Ohio. — Bethel Bible Conf., Ohio. $14.30; Bro. 
West Liberty, Ohio, $1; Mary Kelly, $15; Ell 
Smucker, $1; Bro., Wood River, Neb., $1; H. J. 
Powell, $1; Primary S.'S. Class, Harmony S. S., 
111., $8.25; Bertha Grissinger, $10; Gillie Runkle, 
$8; Fulton Co. (Ohio) Friends, $1; Kan. and Neb. 
Mission Board, $10.65; sale of property, $26.07; 
Hannah Osterstock. $5; Irvin Sala. $23; C. Sumy, 
$5; P. R. and E. M. Yoder. $2; Anna Hughes, 
$2.50; Anna M. Graybill, $5; B. Plank, $12, 
Auditor Paulding Co., Ohio, $13. Tolal, $164.77. 

Sanitarium. — .1. M. Hershey, Sec., I .a Junta. 
Colo. — C. J. Bender, $10; C. C. Swartzentruber, 
$25; Isaiah P. Yoder, $10; Valentine Neuhauser, 
$100; J. E. Neuhouser, $5; C. M. Conrad, $5; J. C. 
Schrock, $5; Mrs. Ruvenacht, $25; John Bough- 
man, $5; Peter Ulrich, $5; J. C. Eigsti, $5; Roan- 
oke Cong., III., $4; Clinton Brick Cong., Ind., 
$16.25; A. D. Zook, $10; Solomon Garber, $5; Ella 
Miller. $2.60; John Hilty, $5; Young People, Elida. 
Ohio, $6.90; Alph Burkholder. $5; Mary A. Hurst, 
$5; C. L. Rule, $10; David and Mary Burkholder. 
$7.80; Anna Hoover. $22.84; a Bro., $5.03; E. R. 
Ebersole, $2.60; C. N. Holdenian, $5.20; Bertha 
Brubaker, $2.60; Edward Martin. $1; Mary Eber- 
sole. $2.60: B. D. Smucker, $ 2 . 60 ; j. s. Hurst, 
$2.60; Noah Brunk and Wife, $7.60. Total. $332.22. 
PAID. 

Evangelizing, $15.50. 

Chicago Missions. — Home Mission, railroad fare. 
$50; general. $184.65; laxes, $116.30. Gospel Mis- 
sion. general. $35.14: railroad fare. $4. Hoyne 
Ave. Mission, general, $28.17; rent. $25. 

Fort Wayne Mission. — Improvements. $21.25; 
general, $49.94. 

Kansas City Mission. — Relief. $24.27; taxes, 
$34.27: general, $92.75. 

Canton Mission— Rent. $9; charity, $16.23; gen- 
eral. $40.27. 

Orphans' Home. — Improvements. $169.92; cow. 
$40; general, $80.32. 

Old People’s Home. — Improvements, $408.79; 
general. $307.30. 

India. — Stations and general. $1,820.53; half of 
Bro. and Sister Lapp's fare. $200. 

Total receipts. $4,320.80; total expenses. $3,773.60. 

G. I,. BENDER. 

Elkhart, Ind. Gen. Treas. 


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TOPIC: THE TEMPTED YOUNG MAN— JOSEPH. Gen. 30: 1--I2 (Character Study.) Ma reh 22, jj8 


THE LESSON MOTTO. 

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try 
me, and know my thoughts, and see if there be 
any wicked way within me; and lead me in the 
way everlasting.” 


DAILY HEADINGS. 

Healthful admonitions. Prov. 1:10-17; 2 

Tim. 2:20-22. 20’ 17* 

T. The tenth commandment. L<x. 2su.11, 

18 w.— An earthly father’s counsel. ^ ov - 6 . : 20 ' 33 ’ 
I#! T. — A heavenly Father's edict. Ex. 20:14. 

20. F.— A comparison. Matt. 5.27, 2S- 

9i s. —Grace according to need. 1 Cor. 10 id, • 

22 S —The tempted young man. Gen. 30.1-ic. 


A PRAYER. 

Lord. God, who madest (his body after thine 
own image, that thou mightest have an earthly 
temple wherein to dwell, keep thy temple pure 
that it. may bring glory to thee. And, Lord, thou 
hast built a spiritual temple, the church, as a 
figure of thy heavenly courts. Keep thou thy 
spiritual temple pure and spotless from the en- 
ticements of an adulterous generation that presses 
upon it all around, that thy name may have glory, 
and thy church have power with men for the Re- 
d center's sake. Amen. 


A SPECIAL MESSAGE. 

1 et us in the fear of God look upon Joseph (1) 
as a noble type of, and example for. young man- 
hood. and (2) as a figure of the true Christian 
church in the midst of a wicked and adulterous 
generation. Incidentally, also, we should, in the 
contemplation of the subject, meditate upon the 
vital importance of early training. It is a lesson 
for young and old. and yet. alas, how seldom or 
how gingerly discussed! We need make no 
apologies for presenting a subject which has 
such a prominent setting in the Bible. All 
Scripture is given by inspiration of God. and is 
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, 
for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). 

Joseph had early received the careful training 
of a pious lather and a loving mother. He was 
a child or love and not of acc id en t or of brute 
passion, in return he proved a loving, obedient 
trustful child, who could be relied upon, out of 
sighi as well as in sight. His very trustworthi- 
ness and obedience as well as his parentage were 
the causes why his brethren hated hlm and 
which, indirectly, brought him into the condl on 
Of Slavery in Egypt, where the great temptation 
in most dangerous form came to him But the 
history of his cousin Lot and his family, ant o 
Sodom was no doubt vivid in his young mind, 
•uid the evils that came upon them hail been 
traced to their direct cause, and Joseph also no 
doubt "had purposed in his heart that he won t 
not defile himself with the portion of the kings 

Reaching Egypt Joseph was resold to Potiphar. 

- high officer under Pharaoh, known as the cap- 
'taiti of the guard.” He took him into his own 
palatial home, perhaps because he was such a 
beautiful boy. and advanced him in every possible 
wav He soon completely captured his master 
alld what is far worse, he unwittingly captured 
las handsome and voluptuous young mistress, too. 
a circumstance which led to grave consequences. 
I. is hard to believe that Madame Potiphar was 
ever enamored of her husband, but she evinced 
1he basest passion toward Joseph; hut he repelled 
her outrageous advances toward him in the most 
heroic and conscientious way. saying. "How can 
1 do this great wickedness and sin against God. 


What an example for young men! How often 
are we told by them in this Christian and en- 
lightened age that they cannot resist temptation 
But way back in the past, in the very twilight 
of religion, when even bigamy and polygamy were 
sometimes tolerated under certain conditions, we 
find Joseph wresting himself from the clutches 
of this dark-eyed sorceress of the Nile. Grander 
far was he than Caesar or Antony, the slaves of 
Cleopatra. 

"Let conquerors boast their fields of warfare; he 
who arms 

A warm young spirit against beauty’s charms. 

Who feels their brightness, but denies their thrall, 

Is the best, bravest conqueror of them alt. 

Men can resist temptation, especially the men 
who rely upon God, for “in every time of tempta- 
tion he will make a way for their escape. Com- 
pliance is the suggestion of our lower, carna 
nature When the higher nature is appealed to, 
the realm of conscience entered, the word of God 
consulted, resistance becomes comparatively easy. 
How can I do this great wickedness and sin 
against God? That is the question, thanks to 
Joseph. How can I sin against woman who, from 
a bright paragon, becomes a thing for basest 
eyes to look askant upon? How can I debase 
myself to the level of the brutes that perish . 
How can I, for one moment of gratification, sell 
my birthright? How' can I make shipwreck o 
my faith and conscience? He who, with such 
whisperings in his ear, can commit the crime 
that blights the flowers of virtue is too foul a 
creature to walk erect and mock the name of 
man! And yet there are, in almost every com- 
munity, women like Potlphar’s wife, moving, like 
her, in high social circles, who lie in wait for 
young men. Let them turn from all such as from 
the pestilence that walketh in darkness. In the 
Dresden gallery there is a painting of the tempta- 
tlon of Joseph by one of the great masters, and 
a friend of mine who saw it last year tells me 
that ii is worth going across the ocean to see the 
expression of horror in his eyes, and the lifting 
of his hands, as he turns away from the voluptu- 
ary who would seal their mutual ruin. Let every 
young man read prayerfully the sixth and seventh 
chapters of Proverbs and shun the ways of evil. 

As so often happens in such eases, the fact that 
he would not yield to this beastly woman, made 
her his relentless enemy. She brought a charge 
against him of the very crime which she tried so 
artfully to induce him to commit, but which he 
so heroically resisted. No doubt Joseph knew 
what awaited nis refusal, but he valued his pure 
young manhood and his moral integrity before 
God more highly than life itself. "Rejoice, O 
young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer 
thee iu the days of thy youth, and walk in the 
ways of thine heart and in the sight of thine 
eyes- but know thou that for all these things God 
will bring thee into judgment. Therefore remove 
sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from 
thy flesh.” 

So far the history of Joseph, and the example 
he gives to the young manhood of all ages. What 
a perpetual rebuke he is to the brutish, lustful, 
young moral weakling who with leprous spirit 
apologizes for his baneful existence and brutish 
instincts by saying that a young man must sow 
his wild oats! Yes. sow your wild oats and you 
and your neighbor will reap more wild oats; sow 
,he wind and reap the whirlwind; sow to the 
flesh and of the flesh reap corruptilon, tor re^ 
member that "whatsoever a man soweth. that 
shall he also reap.” 

Now let us consider Joseph as a type of the 
'true Christian church. The church spiritually, 


like Joseph naturally, is the child of love (John 
1-12, 13; 3 : 7)1 because of obedience to God, the 
church is hated by its unregenerate brethren, the 
world; they plot her ruin and then come to their 
heavenly Father, when they have accomplishe 
their evil ends— and pretend they did nothing. 

Again, the church is found in the Egypt of 
sin surrounded with wickedness and temptation 
of every kind. How Satan uses the world, even 
those in high places, to woo the church to devote 
in this or that respect, to compromise just a little 
here or there "for the sake of the influence she 
may exert upon the world,” etc., etc. Does the 
church yield to the world’s flatteries, wooings and 
caresses? Has she? Not the true Israel of God. 
Why the awful persecutions of the past ages by 
the "scarlet woman”? Simply because the church 
would not listen to her spiritually adulterous flat- 
teries, and the scarlet woman's wooings were 
turned to wrath, and she vomited forth her venge- 
ance upon her uncompromising victim. But the 
church still lives. She prospered in prison, she 
was the only means of help when a degenerat ng 
world is in trouble. She rightly interprets the 
troubled dreams and plans of a perverse world, 
the ultimate issue of which the spiritually en- 
lightened church alone can decry from afar be- 
cause of a heavenly Father’s spiritual revelation 
from his word. The church may be cast into 
prison, but she will not compromise with the 
world; she may be crushed, but she will rise 
again. She may be cast aside, but she remains 
the salt of the earth, and is the only earthly 
power that saves the world from destruction by 
its own moral corruption. But the church must 
remain like Joseph if God would use her for the 
salvation of the world when the great famine 
comes. Who but the church supplies the means 
to-day that relieve want and woe, that in the name 
of sweet charity builds homes for the homeless 
and fills the mouths of the hungry, and carries 
the news of salvation, that brings the bread of 
life to a spiritually starving generation. Want 
of space forbids enlarging upon this wonderful 
subject, but we pray that in every Young Peoples 
Meeting where these topics are used, the subject 
of Joseph in its wider and spiritual signification 
may be prayerfully considered, and that it 
may be the prayer and effort of old and young 
to keep the church pure and unspotted from the 
world, in all her relations with and service for 
mankind. 


SUBJECTS FOR TALKS OR ESSAYS. 

1. Some of the lessons Joseph teaches. 

2. The white life. 

3. The pure life the powerful life. 

4. The power of the pure church. 


“Science, falsely so called,” may theorize and 
resolve, but cannot pass beyond the day of 
creation, and leaves unscathed the character ot 
Him who said, “I and my Father are one” (John 
10:30; 17:11, 22). 


If you can’t help, don’t hinder. If you can’t 
smile, don’t frown. There are plenty to scold 
scowl and discourage. If you have thorns don t 
offer us thorns. These come soon enough. 


God loved the world of sinners lost 
And ruined by the fall; 

Salvation full, the highest cost, 

He offers free to all. 

Believing souls, rejoicing go; 

There shall to you be given 
A glorious foretaste here below 
Of endless life in -heaven. 


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HERALD OF TRUTH. 


Young People’s Department 

For the Herald of Truth. 

HOW GOD CALLS TO-DAY. 

By C. R. Frisbey. 


Does God call to-day in the same way that he 
did in the days of the old patriarchs and prophets, 
during the time of Noah, Abraham, Elijah and 
Isaiah? We are taught in his word that with 
Jehovah it is one eternal NOW; that time with 
him is as the dew or the chaff that is blown away 
by the gentlest breeze; that yesterday, to-day and 
forever he is the same unchangeable being. We 
are taught that the laws that governed the 
heavens when the morning stars sang together 
will continue to govern until time shall be no 
longer. Yet while God changes not, we know that 
as his plans mature, his purposes ripen and his 
laws are meted out to men, people change, nations 
change and a new order of things takes the place 
of the old and the world is awed by the mysteries 
of God. 

In the days of Noah, Jehovah called to the 
antediluvian world to forsake their sins and re- 
pent by his faithful servant who preached and 
warned them until he entered the ark. 

The call came to Abraham on Mount Moriah: 
“Stay thy hand!” God saw in the old patriarch 
a man who never shrank from duty, no matter 
what the call might mean to him. 

From the burning bush in the desert came the 
call to Moses and bade him go into Egypt and 
lead forth his brethren from bondage. 

Lot was called by angels to flee from the 
doomed city and escape to the mountains ere the 
fire from heaven devoured the place. 

Samuel, though but a child, heard the whisper 
of the angels who came with a message to the 
house of Eli, while fire from heaven called to 
Paul on his way to Damascus and said, "Saul, 
Saul! Why persecutest thou me?” 

The handwriting on the wall was the call from 
God to Belshazzar that his hour had come and 
that his wicked reign was about to end. 

In the darker ages God called by angels, by 
famines, by wars and pestilences to the people 
to forsake their wanderings and return. “Turn 
ye, turn ye, O house of Israel! for why will ye 
die?” With all God’s chastisements to his people, 
yet he was slow to anger and plenteous in mercy. 

In the fulness of time God’s call by angels, 
dreams, famines and wars, gave place to a new 
order of things. Old things passed away and all 
things became new. This fulness of time brought 
Christ, and the blood of goats, bullocks and lambs 
ended and a new sacrifice on Calvary was offered 
in the person of Christ, the lamb slain from the 
foundation of the world. In him and through his 
holy word was man to be called to newness of 
life. By his blood the mercy-seat of God was 
sprinkled once and forever and salvation was 
brought to every son and daughter of Adam who 
would own Christ as his or her new sin offering. 
Wars for supremacy were to give way to the 
peaceable kingdom of Christ to be set up in the 
hearts of the children of men. With this kingdom 
came a new call to man. 

The call of Christ’s coming is the call of to-day 
and will be the call while time shall last. Jehovah 
said. “Child, give me thine heart.” Christ said 
to the multitudes, “Come unto me. all ye that are 
weary and heavy laden, and 1 will give you rest. 
He called the fishermen and said. “Come, follow 
me, and I will make you fishers cf men. He 
knocks at the door of our hearts — knocks, calls 
and pleads to enter that we might have peace 
with God. Christ said, "If I go away I will send 
the Comforter.” And for nearly two thousand 
years the Spirit has been calling after men to 
turn from the evil and seek the good. 

In the silent midnight watches comes this 
Stranger at the door, knocks and calls and cries, 
pleading for us to open the door. 


In the morning when we rise up, when the noon- 
day sun is over our heads, or when the hush ot 
night comes on, the Holy Spirit comes, whispers 
to us and asks us to be children of God, followers 
of the meek and lowly Savior, to forsake sin, the 
follies of the world, and to be made heirs of 
heaven. 

God’s call comes to-day by his sacred word, 
pleading, entreating and warning the* sinner to 
forsake his sins and be made a new creature in 
Christ. 

God calls by his faithful ministers, who go forth 
to place before man the bread of life and point 
out the pathway that leads up to the city of God. 
He calls by every faithful soul that is willing to 
let his light shine before men and is not ashamed 
of the gospel of Christ nor to walk humbly before 
God and his fellow-men. 

We see the strong man go forth to labor in the 
morning and ere the close of day he Is stricken 
in death, and in a whisper comes the call, “Bet 
thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not 
live.” We see the sprightly youth iu the morn Of 
life, with the bloom of health upon hts Cheek, 
nothing to mar his peace; but in a few days the 
cheek blanches, the step grows infirm and death 
ends all, and to his young associates comes the 
call, “Be ye also ready, for in sttch an hour as ye 
think not the Son of Man Cometh.” 

We see the aged passing toward the setting 
sun of life, with infirm and trembling limbs he 
steps into the Jordan of death and is gone from 
earth forever. We pause in the journey of life 
and listen to that call that comes sooner or later 
to all, “Prepare to meet thy God!” The autumn 
leaves that come falling from the trees tell 118 
too plainly that all the earth is passing, swiftly 
passing away, and that we should have our 
golden sheaves gathered into the garner and be 
ready when the messenger conies. 

To-day God calls by his word, by his Spirit, his 
ministers, bis faithful people and by the loving 
voice that says, "Come, for all things are now 
ready." Christ said, "Behold, 1 stand at the door 
and knock. If any man hear my voice and will 
open unto me, 1 will come in and sup with him. 
and he with me." 

Ye wanderers away from God, will ye wait and 
put off the call of salvation until ye are called 
to judgment? Will ye slight his mercies until he 
shall say, "Let him alone: he is joined to his 
idols"? Will ye wait until God ceases to call, 
until the door is shut and ye will not be able to 
enter.' Go, ye workers of Christ, bring them in 
from the by-ways and hedges, and when ye hear 
the call for reapers in the Master’s vineyard 
answer gladly, saying, “Here am I: O Lord, send 
me!” 

Lagrange, Ind. 


MARRIED. 

Yoder— Yoder.— On Fell. 27. 11*08. at the home 
of David C. Peachy, by John Mast, assisted by 
Jonas Yoder, Samuel Yoder of Belleville and 
Jamima Yoder, all of Mifflin Co.. Pa. 

Roth — Schmucker. — On the 25th of Feb., 1908, 
at the home of Sister Emma Zook in Goshen, Ind., 
by D. .1. Johns, Bro. Frank L. Roth of Fulton Co.. 
Ohio, and Sister Ada M. Schmucker of Williams 
Co.. Ohio. The Lord bless them in all the duties 
and trials of this present life and the life eternal 
in the world to come. 

Kaufman — Ringenberg. — On Feb. 10, 1908, Bro. 
Henry Kaufman and Sister Katie Ringenberg. botli 
of Tiskilwa, 111., were united in marriage at the 
Home Mission, Chicago, by A. H. Leaman. May 
the Lord richly bless them through life. 

Risser— Ruh'l.— On Feb. 27. 1908, at the home 
of the officiating clergyman, Jacob N. Brubacher. 
near Mount Joy, Lancaster Co.. Pa.. Peter H. Ris- 
ser of Mount Joy Twp., and Fannie H. Ruhl of 
Rapho Twp., both of Lancaster Co., Pa. 

DEATHS. 

Maust.— On March 1, 1908. in Longcliff Asylum, 
Logansport, Ind.. Elias B. Maust, aged 44 years. 
He was born in Somerset Co., Pa., and came to 
Indiana when quite a young man, learned the 
printer’s trade in the office of the Mennonite 
Publishing Co. at Elkhart and afterwards em- 
barked in the newspaper publishing business. His 
mind became unbalanced while conducting a pa- 


per in Oklahoma, front whence he was brought to 
Indiana by his brothers, to be cared for at home, 
but It was soon found necessary to take him to 
Longcliff, where he was for about a year. He is 
survived by his wife and one child, residing with 
her people at Little Rock, Ark.; his father and 
mother, three brothers and three sisters also sur- 
vive. His remains were brought to Nappanee. and 
the funeral services were held at the home of the 
parents, who reside with tlielr daughter, Mrs. Chr. 
Bender. Interment at S. Union. 

Good.— On March 2, 1908, in Bowniansville, Lan- 
caster Co., Pa., after a brief illness, Judith, widow 
of the late Jacob Good. She was about seventy 
years of age and a member of the Mennonite 
church. One son, M. M. Good of Bowmansville, 
survives her. Funeral on the 6th at the Pine 
Grove M. meeting-house. 

Whisler.— On Feb. 25. 1908, in Mt. Joy Twp., 
Lancaster Co., Pa., of dropsy, Christian H., son 
of Benj. and Susan Whisler; aged 24 years. The 
deceased united with the Mennonite church when 
seventeen years old and was a faithful membef 
to the time of his death. He was an invalid since 
fourteen years of age, out bore all his sufferings 
with Christian fortitude. He is survived by his 
parents, two brothers and one sister. Funeral on 
Saturday, Feb. 29, in the Mennonite M. H. in Mt. 
Joy, Interment at Graybill’s Cemetery. 

Risser.— On Feb. 28. 1908, in Lititz. Lancaster 
Co., Pa., of dropsy, Henry Risser, Sr., aged 80 Y., 
10 M„ 3 D. He had been ailing for several years 
and was confined to his bed since October. He 
was born and spent nis whole life on a farm near 
Brunnefviile. He moved to Lititz in January. 
1907. Was a member of the Old Mennoilite 
church. He is survived by his wife and seVetl 
children; also 39 grandchildren and one great- 
grandchild. Pre. Christian Risser of Lititz is his 
brother. Funeral services on March 2 at the War- 
wick M. H. and at Hammer Creek, where the in- 
terment took place. Sendees were conducted by 
Jacob Herschy and Noah Landis at the former 
and John Lrfever at the latter place. 

Nissley.— On Feb. 29, 1908. in E. Hempfield 
Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa., at the home of his sur- 
viving daughter. Mrs. Amos M. Mtimma, Henry 
W. Nissley. in his 70th year. He is survived by 
one brother, John Nissley of Millersburg, and one 
sister of the same place. Buried on March 3 at 
Kreyhill’s M. H. 

Sturrp. — Anna Stump was horn Dec. 5, 1855; 
died Fell. 24. 1908; aged 52 Y.. 2 M., 19 D. She 
was the youngest of seven children, four of whom 
preceded her to the world beyond. She was never 
married and lived with her sister. Mrs. Christian 
Helminger. She never made a public confession 
of faith. She was buried at the Brick M. H. in 
Union township, where services were conducted 
by David Burkholder and Henry Weldy from John 
1:11. She leaves to mourn her death two sisters, 
one the wife of John Welty of Nappanee and Mrs. 
Helminger. as stated above. 

Mikel. — Hannah E.. daughter of Moses and 
Rebecca Drake, was born Jan. 12. 1822. at White- 
water, Ind. She was ihe fourth child of a family 
of nine. Her father died when she was eighteen 
years of age. In 1847 she was united in marriage 
to Alex. Mikel. They had four children, of whom 
two died young. Her husband died in 1857. In 
1861 she married Danie' Mikel. He died in 1881. 
She was a faithful niemoer of the Baptist church 
until death. She resided in Madison Twp.. St. 
Joseph Co.,- Ind., near the Union Chapel. She 
died Feb. 28. 1908, aged 86 Y., 1 M., 6 D. She 
leaves two children (Mrs. Martin Mullin of Elk- 
hart and John K. Mikel), six grandchildren, nine 
great-grandchildren, two brotners and two sisters. 
Funeral at N. Union. March 1. Services by M. 
Schwalm and H. Weldy. from John 14:1, 2. There 
was a large attendance. 

Landis.— On Feb. — , 1908. near Canton. Kan., of 
abscess of the stomach, after five weeks’ illness. 
Harvev A. Landis, of the Spring Valley congre- 
gation': aged 20 Y.,-2 M„ 26 D. He was buried on 
March 2. The services were conducted by Jacob 
Heatwole of Colorado, from Dan. 12:2. 3. Many 
from far and near were present at the funeral, 
manifesting their last tribute of respect to one 
who took his leave from the world without an 
enemy and who was also in peace with his God. 
He is survived by his father. Geo. B. Landis, his 
step-mother, seven brothers and sisters and many 
friends to mourn his death, which was his eternal 
gain. He leaves us the testimony that it was his 
desire to dejiart amt he with Christ, which is far 
beter. Peace to his soul. 

Hartman. — Anna Martha, daughter of Bro. 
Aaron and Sister Fannie Hartman, died near 
White Cloud. Mich.. Felf. 16. 1908 of diphtheria: 
aged 5 Y.. 6 M., 21 D. Funeral services on March 
1 at the Union M. H. by .1. C. Springer and J. P. 
Millet- from Isa. 11:6. A little child shall lead 
them." Little Anna leaves to mourn her death, 
father, mother, three little brothers and a host 
ot' friends. God comfort the sorrowing parents 
and relatives. 

(Several death notices were crowded out of 
this issue for want of space.— Ed) 





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